A video conference dedicated to the 31st anniversary of the January 20 tragedy was held in London at the initiative of the Azerbaijani House, Culture and Friendship Center in the United Kingdom.
The video conference began with a minute of silence in memory of our martyrs who died for the independence and territorial integrity of our country and National Anthem of Azerbaijan. Then a film about the events of January 20 was demonstrated.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tahir Taghizade, MP, Head of the Working Group on Interparliamentary Relations with the United Kingdom Javanshir Feyziyev, Head of the Azerbaijani House Ali Tekin Atalar, living witness of the January 20 events, anthropologist and ethnographer Tamara Dragadze, British historian and political analyst Patrick Wals, chairwoman of the British-Azerbaijani community Farida Panahova and others delivered speech at the event.
The speakers spoke about the events that took place in Baku on the night of January 19-20, 1990. It was stressed that this history, on the one hand, brought sorrow and tragedy, on the other hand, gave impetus to the national consciousness of our people, strengthened the idea of independent national statehood. It was said that the struggle for freedom, which became irreversible after the tragedy of January 20, resulted in the declaration of our state independence in 1991.
At the end of the event, Honored Art Worker, tar player Rafig Rustamov and violinist Nazrin Rashidova, living in London, presented musical compositions dedicated to the memory of the martyrs.