« Hundreds of protesters gathered in Berlin on Friday to rally in solidarity with Armenians in the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh amid the Azerbaijani military offensive into the region.
Footage features rally participants marching, chanting and holding placards and banners reading: ‘Sanction Azerbaijan’, ‘Armenian resistance’, ‘Stop Panturkism’, ‘Stop fuelling Armenian genocide’ and ‘Your silence is killing us, 120k Armenians’, among others.
One of the protesters said that a common trend is emerging: ordinary individuals bear the brunt of suffering to serve the agendas of major players.
« This is a usual pattern: for the interests of the big players, regular people have to suffer. Armenian people in Artsakh are the bargaining chip in the game of diverse interests, » the man added.
« Now, as the situation has escalated, some German politicians began to ask: ‘What will happen now to Artsakh?’ However, this is already much too late. 120,000 Artsakh Armenians, who are the majority there, are being attacked by drones and rockets by Azerbaijan and have to flee their homeland, » another protester noted.
The year-long conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on Tuesday, September 19, with the beginning of Azerbaijan’s counter-terrorist operation in the region. On the same day, Moscow called on the parties to the conflict to declare a ceasefire and start negotiations.
On Wednesday, September 20, the Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed NKR said that its authorities had decided to lay down arms for a ceasefire from 13:00 local time (09:00 GMT). Baku also announced the suspension of its ‘anti-terrorist measures’.
Last Thursday, the region’s ethnic Armenian president announced the dissolution of the unrecognised republic at the end of this year and its fully incorporation into Azerbaijan.
Nagorno-Karabakh – formerly an autonomous region of the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic, with a predominantly ethnic Armenian population – broke away from Azerbaijan in the final years of the USSR, establishing a self-proclaimed, independent but internationally unrecognised entity.
Baku claims sovereignty over the territory, and after a major war in 2020 regained control over large parts of the region. In May 2023, the Yerevan government recognised Azerbaijan’s claim to the territory but also called for protection for the region’s ethnic Armenians. »