Azerbaijan opens “Trophy Park” celebrating genocide on Armenian Christians
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the 12th of April 2021, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated the Military Trophy Park in the capital of Baku which is dedicated to celebrating the country’s genocidal military conquest in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The date of this inauguration was conducted in parallel to the beginning of Ramadan, a soft nod towards the religious freedom issues underscoring the 44-Day War. Nagorno-Karabakh is a predominately Armenian-Christian country. Multiple crimes towards Christians and Christian heritage sites were documented throughout the war.
According to Azerbaijani press, “Military Trophy Park displays Armenian military equipment taken as a trophy during the war… around 300 exhibits, including 150 heavy equipment, tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, anti-craft missile systems, small arms, military transport are on display in the park… Among the exhibits is the composition that reads ‘Karabakh is Azerbaijan!’ and made of license plates of more than 2,000 cars. The license plates had earlier been displayed during the Victory Parade held in Baku on December 10.”
Other alarming elements include displaying the helmets of Armenians killed during the conflict, as well as creating cartoonist wax mannequins of servicemen stylised in a way that reinforces degrading stereotypes of Armenian Christians. Additionally, many of these mannequins show these servicemen as either dead or dying.