National Council Rally in Novkhani

Baku / 28.05.19 / Turan: A festive rally of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) on the occasion of the Republic Day was held in the village of Novkhani near the monument to Mammad Emin Rasulzadeh.

Speaking at the rally, PFPA leader Ali Kerimli said that the life path of Rasulzadeh should serve as an example for everyone who wants freedom and democracy for Azerbaijan.

As Kerimli recalled, despite the persecution by the tsarist secret police, Rasulzadeh created works that defined the national idea for Azerbaijan. These ideas were embodied in the Azerbaijan People"s Republic (1918-1920).

The ideological legacy of Rasulzadeh will win again, and the Azerbaijani people will not allow the establishment of a monarchy in the country. Azerbaijan will become a true republic, Kerimli further said.

The head of the NCDF, Jamil Hasanli, speaking about the significance of the APR in the history of Azerbaijan, recalled the words of a German diplomat a hundred years ago, who said: "Azerbaijan has created a model of the republic that can be an example for any European country."

"The current regime has brought the country to such a state that it is shown as a bad example, with a high level of corruption and authoritarianism," said Hasanli.

The political prisoner Orkhan Bakhyshly's mother, Kamala Rahimli, read out a letter from her son in which he conveyed congratulations on the occasion of the Republic Day and noted that, despite the imprisonment, the activists continue to fight for freedom and democracy.

In the course of the action, when speakers criticized the power, the power supply to the loudspeakers was cut off. In response, the protesters chanted "Freedom!", "Rasulzadeh!", and "Resign!".

Before the start of the rally during the march of demonstrators to the monument, police detained several activists, including a member of the NCDF coordination center, Tofig Yagublu. By evening, they all were released.

On May 28, 1918, the Azerbaijan People"s Republic was proclaimed. It existed until April 28, 1920.

By tradition, opposition forces hold festive rallies on May 28 at the monument to one of the founders of the APR, Mammad Emin Rasulzadeh. -06D--

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