World Haut-Karabakh: Azerbaijan inaugurates a "Military Trophy Park"
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It's a bit of a horror museum that has just been inaugurated in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Last Monday, April 12, President Ilham Aliyev opened the "Military Trophy Park", that is to say tanks, weapons and other helmets taken at the Armenian side during the "Second World War" of the Upper Karabakh, Winned winner Azerbaijan on November 9, after 44 days of fighting.
of our correspondent for the South Caucasus,
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the staging is humiliating. Wax models represent Armenian soldiers: hirsute men, with big hooked nose, faces frightened and often chained, like dogs. A comparison repeated several times by President Ilham Aliyev during the Haut-Karabakh conflict, speaking of "hunting like dogs" Armenian soldiers from the secessionist province.
also terrifying this kind of corridor where dozens of enemy soldier helmets are suspended. It inevitably thinks of these piles of skulls that one piled up after a war in very remote times.
For the rest, this 5-hectare park, located in the capital Baku, and that President Aliev inaugurated in military lattice, shows Armenian tanks destroyed, remnants of missiles.Nationalist outbidding
The reaction of Azerbaijani to the opening of this "park of trophies"? It is favorable most often. Ordinary citizens go there with their children, for whom the entrance is free.
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Some reviews are issued, but that's to say that entry should be free for all. In particular for those who participated in this war, which wanted the war of a whole people where died, officially, nearly 3,000 Azerbaijani soldiers.
other criticisms, much rarer, denounce not only the very bad taste of the staging, but especially the fact that the Azerbaijani dictatorship makes the nationalist outbreak to keep power and make the scandals of corruption and other serious problems that the country knows.
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all this is not a good augur for peace in the Caucasus. Ilham Aliyev regularly invites Armenians to accept the defeat during this second, in order to establish a lasting peace in the region.
But by inaugurating this "trophy park", designed to maintain the hatred of Armenians in Azerbaijan, it is not credible for a second.
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