The event to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Black January tragedy was organized in Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Kars, Turkey.
After a minute's silence in memory of the martyrs of 20 January, Azerbaijan’s consul general Aykhan Suleymanov said the Soviet Army committed a horrible crime against the Azerbaijani people. In spite of all threats, the national leader Heydar Aliyev came to the Permanent Representation of Azerbaijan in Moscow to express his resolute protest and blamed the Soviet leadership Gorbachev for bloody tragedy.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Turkish people and government for protests and rallies.
A documentary dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of 20 January-1990 was demonstrated at the event.
The participants of the event got acquainted with the photo exhibition devoted to the 20 January massacre. Deputy Governor of Kars, vice chairman of Kars municipal committee, members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the Republican People's Party (CHP), chiefs of the law enforcement agencies in Kars, Qafqaz University’s teaching staff and media representatives were participated in the ceremony.