Azerbaijan Marks National Revival Day
Azerbaijan Marks National Revival Day
On the first days of 1988, Armenia started its evident aggression against Azerbaijan. Seeing the head of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev's indifferent attitude towards these events,  Armenians started mass deportation of the Azerbaijanis from their native lands in Armenia under the instructions of the Armenian government. More than 200,000 Azerbaijanis were deported from their homes, killed by the Armenians. 
Gorbachev and his surrounding had no reaction to the Armenian vandalism.In early February 1988, Armenians carried out revolts in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and even raised the issue of joining those lands with Armenia. Azerbaijani people expressed protest to the government. Slogans, portraits and flags carried by the Azerbaijani citizens proved their disbelief to the USSR. But getting no serious answer from the authorities and the then government, people from every corner of the republic moved to Baku and gathered on Azadlig Square (Lenin Square at that time), they held meetings and evidently expressed their protest.Azerbaijani people started indefinite rally on Azadlig Square against the anti-Azerbaijani policy of the USSR on Nov.17, 1988.
It was a real national liberation movement. The Soviet troops dispersed the nationwide rally in early December. These events are regarded in Azerbaijan as the start of the national liberation movement and the main factor in gaining independence.November 17 has been marked as the Day of National Revival since 1992.
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