Between February 27th and 29th 1988, the 18,000 Armenians living in Sumgait, near Baku, in Azerbaijan were subjected to violence and killings in response to the vote by the population of Nagorno-Karabakh to join with Armenia. A group of Armenians based in the UK held a demonstration in Trafalgar Square (London) to remind everyone of this event 25 years ago.
The vote in Nagorno-Karabakh was on February 20th 1988 and the attacks on the Armenians took place only a week later. There is a view that these were arranged by the authorities in Azerbaijan. Subsequent pogroms took place in Baku, Ganja, and Maragha as well as many other places were Armenians lived.
The Armenians living throughout the world feel that the events that took place in the lead up to the war, and during the war, in Nagorno-Karabakh have never been fully recognised, and that strong geo-political pressure for countries to be sympathetic towards Azerbaijan, influences this indifference.
Categories: War and its Legacy