Date: 16 May 2019, 17:52, READ:
Thus far, there have been forgotten monuments, but not shot statues. Regretfully, Azerbaijan has experienced this bitter reality. Thus, Armenian invaders carried out barbaric acts agaisnt Azerbaijani cultural heritage. They destroyed monuments regarded as the tangible cultural heritage of the occupied Azerbaijani territories. Statues of Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Bulbul and Khurshidbanu Natavan were brutally shot. The shot monuments have been taken back to the capital of Azerbaijan, after national leader Heydar Aliyev’s intervention. However the monuments have been placed in courtyard of the Azerbaijan National Art Museum. Although the issue on changing shot statues’ place were raised several times, but the final decision has not been made yet.
The shot monuments can be an indispensable example to display Armenian vandalism to tourists. It would be great to place them in the center of Baku. The mentioned issue are raised by intellectuals from time to time. However all these initiatives do not yield any result.
Intellectuals shared their views with "Kaspi” newspaper on the issue.
Honored Cultural Worker of Azerbaijan Ziyadkhan Aliyev said that the shot monuments are clear example for Armenian vandalism: "Not only the attitude to these three monuments, but destruction of our historical monuments in the occupied lands is a bitter truth. The shot monuments are martyr statues, so they should not kept in the corner of Art Museum. They are only remembered on May 8,on the anniversary day of Shusha," Aliyev stressed.
"Personally, I believe that the shot monuments can evidently show an act of barbarism committed by Armenians. That is foreign guests of our city would see it. To place them in front of the Alley of Martyrs would be a good idea, so that everyone passing by the Alley can see what kind of barbarians the Armenians are," he added.
MP, Deputy Head of its Cultural Committee Jala Aliyeva said that Azerbaijan has been involved in an unfair war for more than 30 years:"Along with the occupation of our lands, our spiritual treasures, historical monuments and graves have targeted by the Armenian invaders. Monuments of our outstanding cultural people were shot. It was possible to bring the shot statues to Azerbaijan, on the initiative of national leader Heydar Aliyev. The shot statues are kept in the courtyard of the National Museum of Art. We raised the issue at the plenary session of Milli Majlis that there was a need to exhibit these monuments to show realities to tourists visiting Azerbaijan," Azerbaijani MP added.
According to Information and Public Relations Department of Azerbaijan's Culture Ministry, the shot monumnets are kept at the National Museum of Art, and there is no instruction to change their place within the nearest future. Visitors are closely acquainted with the shot statues and informed about them while visiting the museum.. To sum up, there is no information on changing their place.