Pain That Unites Georgians And Azeris
31 January, 2013
Pain That Unites  Georgians And Azeris
Azeri Film Screening in Tbilisi

“January 20 is also remembered in Georgia” - this was the name of the event presented in cinema Amirani to pay a tribute to the tragedy that occured in the neighboring Azerbaijan in 1990. The event was organized by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia and Georgian-Azerbaijani Cultural Relations Association. In this connection, the film by the Azeri director Elhan Japarov titled “Dolu” was screened. To mark this occasion, the cast of the film from
Azerbaijan visited Tbilisi.
Black January (in Azerbaijani, Qara Yanvar), also known as Black Saturday or the January Massacre, was a violent crackdown in Baku on January 19–20, 1990. In the resolution issued on January 22, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan SSR declared that the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated by January 19, which imposed the emergency rule and deployed military units in Baku, constituted an act of aggression. Black January is viewed as the rebirth of the Azerbaijan Republic.
January 20 for Azeri people is often equated to April 9 for Georgians. The April 9 tragedy (also known as Tbilisi Massacre, Tbilisi tragedy), refers to the events in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, on April 9, 1989, when an anti-Soviet demonstration was dispersed by the Soviet Army units, which resulted in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries. April 9 is now remembered as the Day of National Unity, an annual public holiday.
Among the guests, there was an Azerbaijanian MP, Journalist and writer Agil Abas. According to Javanshir Hadiev, representative of the Georgian-Azerbaijani Cultural Relations Association in Azerbaijan, April 9 and January 20 are identical days, which means that Georgian and Azeri people have some pain in common. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Georgia, H.E. Mr. Azer Tofig Oglu Huseyn made a speech. Together with the audience, he honored the heroes of April 9 and January 20 tragic days with one-minute silence. The Minister of reintegration Paata Zakareishvili also addressed the audience, highlighting the friendly and diplomatic ties of the two countries. Later on, the audience greeted the famous Georgian film director Eldar Shengelaia, who said that he was named Eldar as a sign of respect to Azerbaijan. The audience applauded to Shovgi Mehtizade, representative of Socar Company, who thanked the Georgian public for remembering the heroes of January 20. According to Ms. Tamar Lamparadze, vice-president of Georgian-Azerbaijani Cultural Relations Association, the evening dedicated to the tragic event in the history of our friendly country, strengthens our diplomatic relations
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