The 19th Year Since the Khojaly Tragedy
There is a date coming up which, if you were in Azerbaijan and were paying attention to the news, would be smothering the other news items of the day. It’s actually two dates, February 26th and 27th, the days of the tragedy at Khojaly (Xocalı). Last year, I put up these two posts regarding the Khojaly Tragedy (Xocalı Faciəsi), describing the basics of what happened and how it was noted around Lənkəran.
This time around, I think we should probably highlight the sheer quantity of news stories coming out about events being celebrated around the globe. I took a moment to glean all the links from Today.Az about the global events being held:
And there are more, with multiple events in Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, the US, and so on.
Impressive, no? It seems to me that Azerbaijan finally figured out that they need to have a public campaign of sorts to get anyone to pay attention to what happened here nearly 20 years ago. I think it’s fair to say that when the war was happening 20 years ago, the other side had a better media strategy to garner sympathy for their cause. (And, in general, the Soviet wreckage left over hasn’t helped Azerbaijan become very good at communicating, anyways.) Though, to be honest, I also think it’s fair to say that two small countries between the Caspian Sea and Turkey, Russia and Iran, generally don’t garner a whole lot of media attention in the Western world in the first place. This year, attention for Khojaly is getting pushed to the back pages for these protests and these protests. Maybe next year they’ll get into the headlines, but I’ll still stand by this view I expressed at the time of the January 20th memorial.