Azeri-sponsored Spanish footballers to commemorate "Khojalu victims"

Azeri-sponsored Spanish footballers to commemorate

PanARMENIAN.Net - Spanish football club Atletico Madrid will wear black armbands in commemoration of "Khojalu genocide victims" in La Liga matches against Osasuna and Real Madrid, Azeri media report.

Also, Turkish midfielder Arda Turan along with his Atletico Madrid teammates will feature in a video "condemning the Khojalu genocide" and supporting peace globally.

In 2012, Atletico Madrid announced to have signed a “strategic agreement” with Azerbaijan. The €12 million agreement saw the country’s tourism motto - ‘Azerbaijan – Land of Fire’ - emblazoned on the front of Atletico’s playing jerseys until the end of the 2013/14 La Liga season.

Azeri media, however, failed to report whether the hefty contract stipulated for commemoration of fictional "genocide" or promotion of anti-Armenian propaganda.

The events in Khojalu, which led to the deaths of civilians, were the result solely of political intrigues and power struggle in Azerbaijan. The real reasons are most convincingly reflected in the accounts of Azerbaijanis themselves — as participants in and eyewitnesses of what happened — as well as of those who know the whole inside story of the events in Baku. Khojalu, along with Shushi and Agdam, was one of the main strongholds from which Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, was shelled continuously and mercilessly for the three winter months of 1991/92 with artillery, missiles and launchers used for targeting cities. Knocking out the weapon emplacements in Khojalu and thus freeing the airport were the only way for the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to ensure the physical survival of its population condemned by Azerbaijan to complete annihilation. The daily shelling of Stepanakert from nearby Khojalu took the lives of hundreds of peaceful inhabitants.

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