Cultural Genocide

  • by Western Armenia, May 10, 2024 in Culture

The destruction of the monuments of the period of independence of Artsakh, the memorials symbolizing the victory, the khachkars and the memorials of heroes has a clear place in Baku's anti-Armenian policy.

This policy became active after the 2020 war, following which many monuments have already been destroyed. This mechanism of destruction of heritage is actively used especially for the purpose of erasing the landmarks of the victorious memory of the liberation of Shushi, demoralizing the Armenian people and subjecting them to psychological trauma.

Shushi was liberated on the morning of May 8-9, 1992. Apart from the important military significance, the victory had to educate the generations in the spirit of patriotism, which became possible through the cultural heritage.

The cultural landscape of Artsakh was full of monuments documenting the liberation of Shushi and glorifying it. The tank-monument was one of them. the very first car that entered the liberated fortress city on May 8, 1992.

The tank was the symbol of the liberation struggle of Artsakh, the symbol of victory, the symbolic monument of the liberation of Shushi, where respect was paid to the memory of the martyred heroes in the liberation struggle of Shushi.

It was also a sacred place for many, a place to remember and perpetuate the hero's feat. But, in September 2023, it became clear that Baku dismantled and then destroyed the tank installed on the road from Stepanakert to Shushi, destroying the heritage and endangering the possibility of passing on the memory of the victory to the generations.

After the liberation of Shushi, the first place where the soldiers of the victorious Armenian army went was the Saint Amenprkich Ghazanchotsots Church of Shushi, where the Holy Liturgy was offered.

In this sense, Ghazanchetsots was an important symbol of the victorious end of the liberation of Shushi, because many people wanted to place the victory flag on the height of Ghazanchetsots. And it was not by chance that on October 8, 2020, the first blow by Baku was directed at the church itself, with gross violations of the Hague and Geneva Conventions, as well as International Humanitarian Laws, it was targeted twice, causing significant damage to the dome, external and internal parts of the structure.