UC Irvine Students Counter Disinformation at Azeri Lecture

The Azeri Consul lecturing at UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif.—The Azeri Consul attempted to present a distorted view of history during a presentation at University of California, Irvine, hosted by the pro-Azeri Council on International Affairs as part of Azerbaijan’s ongoing revisionist propaganda in the West. At least two thirds of the audience in the small hall was Armenian, primarily students and community members, who made sure the truth was known.

UCI Armenian Students Association passed out pamphlets to attendees describing the real Azerbaijan, including their policies of jailing journalists, rewarding murderers such as Safarov, massacring Armenians in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad, and the ongoing human rights violations of the Aliyev regime against its own people. After the Consul’s skewed presentation where, among other things, he stated that Armenians massacred Azeris and that the historic Armenian church in Gandzasar was Albanian, the moderator opened the floor for questions.

A preplanned pro-Azeri group asked prewritten pro-Azeri questions with canned responses by the Consulate. Finally, Armenian students had a chance and clarified the record, exposed the truth and asked about Azerbaijan’s organized massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, Baku and Kirovabad. The Azeri Consul avoided the questions and abruptly ended the Q and A session short. The organizers then asked everyone to leave. The Consul and organizers remained in hiding in another room while campus Police blocked off the corridor.


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    I find it hard to believe that attempts to distort history (e.g. through such skewed presentations) can be organized at respected places like a well-known university.

  2. Alec Baghdasaryan said:

    Love it… hopefully soon the Azeri government will learn that their money may buy one or two officials here or there, but the truth is that they can’t come to our backyard and lie about what is happening now, and went on during the early years of the soviet breakup.

  3. GB said:

    99.9 percent of American population never heard of Axerbaijan, never mind their fake history!! These brainwashed Turkified Tatars, make themselves comfortable in US with their fake stolen history of Armenian civilization!

    I wonder nobody asked them, who destroyed Christian Albanian civilization, where they can’t find one single church in Axeri territory, beside lately, destroyed Julfa Armenian Cemetery stone crosses, whereby Iran kept and renovated 2 ancient Armenian Churches in Iran’s Azerbaijan province and registered with UNESCO as Armenian Church going back to the times of Jesus Christ, St. Jude Apostle!


  4. Z said:

    we need to hold azerbaijan accountable for the genocide of armenians in azerbaijan before the start of the karabakh war, they killed and displaced thousands of armenians !!!
    i really do wonder why and how the azeri was able to get permission into the university and try to educate its students with distorted information, that in itself is a crime and an act of subtle war !