Iranian security forces have detained 29 ethnic Azerbaijanis for alleged anti-Armenian action, which were reportedly carried out as a reaction to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to Iran last week.
The Azerbaijanis were detained for anti-Armenian actions օn March 1. During a football match between Traktor Sazi and Sepahan in Tabriz’s Yadegar-e Emam Stadium stadium, the fans of the former began chanting “Karabakh is and will be ours,” waved the flag of Azerbaijan and burned Armenia’s tri-color.
In addition, the Azerbaijani activists also vandalized the Armenian Embassy building in Tehran, by sticking posters that read: “Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan.”
The ethnic Azerbaijanis were reacting to a selfie Pashinyan took while visiting the Ararat Stadium and Cultural complex where he met with thousands of community members from Iran. The auditorium was adorned with placards that read “Karabakh is Armenia. Period.”