Anger has been caused in Armenia an exhibition of war trophies in Baku, which mainly displays the helmets of Armenian soldiers killed during the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
Armenia today accused Azerbaijan for racial hatred and “genocidal politics.”
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev visited the “Trophy Park”, which will soon open in Baku, on Monday to show the machinery, equipment and armaments of Armenians confiscated or destroyed during the 2020 autumn war. .
Hundreds of helmets belonging to Armenian soldiers who fell dead on the battlefield are on display and Aliyev posed in front of them. The exhibition also features wax figures depicting rival soldiers in a cartoon.
The opening of this park is “a proof of the hatred towards the Armenians and the Azeri genocidal policy,” complained the Armenian human rights mediator Arman Tatoyan, as broadcast by the French Agency and the Athens Special Agent.
The images of the park also shocked the Armenians in Yerevan.
“These are images of real racism,” 41-year-old historian Herr Barseghian told AFP. The park “recalls Hitler’s evidence of barbarism on display in museums around the world.”
The war in Nagorno-Karabakh, an autonomous region with a predominantly Armenian population, but recognized as part of Azerbaijan, erupted in September 2020, killing at least 6,000 people in six weeks.
Technologically superior, Azerbaijan defeated Armenian troops and regained control of part of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as many areas that had been out of control for more than 30 years after a first war.
Baku and Yerevan are blaming each other for post-conflict war crimes.
The defeat of Armenia also provoked a political crisis, with demonstrations against Prime Minister Nicole Pasinian, who was accused of capitulating. Early parliamentary elections have been called for June.
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