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Freedom above Ali Karimli (Still topical)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

The last twenty years, the Azerbaijani opposition in the face of national democrats, whose leader Ali Karimli was declared 15 years ago, has devoted itself entirely to one historical mission: to lay wreaths of carnations on the graves of people who heroically, without arms, met Soviet tanks and defended the city in a bloody for us January 1990. The Azerbaijani opposition today is more and more reminiscent of the Russian humanitarian organization "Memorial." From the day of ita creation, for 30 years now, the opposition haa been exploring the history of Stalinist repression and trying to find the remains of ita victims.

At least fifteen years ago, this very opposition was transformed from a subject of political struggle to an ordinary NGO, which is active in mourning days for independent Azerbaijan. On November 17, then on January 20, its representatives in a disorderly crowd go to the graves of the departed, reciting poems or exclaiming political curses. Yes, it has become a tradition, almost like during the Khrushchev thaw, when Soviet dissidents gathered at the Pushkin monument in Moscow.

Neither the frontists, nor Karimli himself were touched all this time, despite the fair reproaches of other political circles, the same surreal REAL: why did they imprisoned Ilgar Mammadov, but allowed Ali Karimli to gather his supporters on the graves of those killed in the fight against Soviet tanks? But this time, the police authorities lost their nerves: Karimli decided to arrange a march to the graves, without having received the approval of the authorities. Meanwhile, in any country of the world, unauthorized actions are suppressed, and often very tough, as we sometimes see in the central squares of progressive Europe. This is the law: if the government does not allow, then the police batons come into play.

Karimli did not warn the authorities about his intention to go at the head of the march and with slogans to the Alley of Martyrs, although this walk of just several dozen people through the city could be called a procession with a very big stretch. A group of oppositionists was dispersed and detained by forces of just one police station in the Sabayil district. But then the noise began. The country remembered that there is opposition. And Ali Karimli is still alive - the forgotten and failed hero of the color revolution scattered by the Baku Nord. Moreover, the country learned that this very Karimli was detained. The leading US newspaper The New York Times reported the arrest of an opposition leader forgotten in his own country.

What did the authorities do? Of course, Ali Karimli was released, having been fined a couple of thousand manats. The opposition leader was warned: henceforth it is necessary ahead of time to attend to getting the permission to hold marches.

Karimli understood, returned home and, of course, rushed to the European ambassadors. He declared this himself on the air of the opposition Maidan TV.

An important digression: the opposition has only one value - Maidan! And all the symbols of the opposition, including even the media, personifies this very Maidan.

But we will return to the bloody Maidan, now it's about the ambassadors.

What would a true leader of the protest movement do? He would have gathered supporters, analyzed the new situation, made an appeal and autumn theses... But Karimli retreated and rushed to the western diplomats. But the government made an invaluable gift to the political leader degraded to the head of an NGO - he eventually ended up in the list of the "repressed" and "condemned to civilian penalty." And this is a direct path to becoming a beneficiary of new grant projects and to the monetization of political success.

The liberal part of the Western establishment realizes that, under the current domestic political situation, it is hopeless to make a viable political force out of diverse social trash. So now it is important for Westerners to keep at least the only instrument for manipulating moods - circles of disturbers of public peace. And two opponents claim this role in Azerbaijan - homegrown Ilgar Mammadov and old Ali Karimli. There is no one else to choose from. One couldn't just stake on Mirmahmud Fattayev or Arif Hajili!

So, completely without a trace and absurdly, another political autumn ended in Azerbaijan. Then comes the next winter hibernation, until vernal waters! And the opposition continues to parasitize on success, more precisely, may God forgive me for saying it, on the innocent victims of 30 years ago!

The question is, what does the same Ali Karimli, like the politicians of the new formation, have to do with the 1988 Maidan? To be honest, rather, this scrolled white page can be called to a greater extent the page of shame and succession of defeats.

If we briefly return to the lessons of history, then in 1988 the so-called popular movement, supported by the KGB apparatus and part of the nationalist party nomenclature, was conceived by the idea of protecting Karabakh from the Armenian bearded men that "suddenly appeared in Topkhana" landed there by the same state security of the USSR.

What happened to Karabakh? And why those, who now boast of their valor in this square, could not and did not want to rethink the lessons of history, to answer to the nation for the historical defeat? Someone will try to fend off - they say, but what about the struggle for independence, the chronicle of January 20, and innocent citizens sacrificed on street barricades? So Azerbaijan entered the history as the first union republic, which adopted the law on economic sovereignty. The republic went full steam ahead towards democratization and liberalization, and democratic elections were held in February 1991, which, of course, the Popular Front, which was fighting for political sovereignty, would have won. But how did the opposition behave? It began to overthrow the local district party committees, demolish the state border of the USSR, inflate nationalist sentiment, and then made a motivated storming of the Central Committee... This group of marginals, mad from political success, proclaiming themselves to be leaders of the antion, did everything for the deployment of Soviet troops in Azerbaijan and the deaths of innocent people. They took unarmed people against tanks, and hid themselves on the outskirts. None of the spokesmen for Karabakh and independence was hurt, including Ali Karimli. Are you still proud of this fight? So maybe it was the Popular Front of Azerbaijan that destroyed the USSR? Maybe you should reconsider the role of Gorbachev and Yakovlev in world history? And to replace these names with upstarts from the province - Elchibey and Karimli?

No doubt that there is no reason for triumphant national joy and pride. To hell with pathos and ridiculous rhetoric. Karabakh is lost, and the country is indebted to Heydar Aliyev, the founder of the Third Republic, with self-sufficient independence. He created this state in his own image and likeness.

You ask, what about the memory of the victims, because people went to the barricades and died under the tracks of tanks? Yes, hundreds, thousands of innocent people who were chosen as victims of political adventures died. And all this blood is also on the conscience of Karimli.

Every year on November 17, this antihero, forgotten and stained by the court of history, leads the way to its historical origins - the Alley of Martyrs, where innocent human blood was shed. What for? Remorse? Regret? Not at all, otherwise he would have thrown away politics, like worn-out bloody gloves of the executioner. Rather, nostalgia, thirst for power, thirst for blood... To come to power on the blood of tortured and countless human victims.

What does Karimli call to a handful of young people, for whom January 20 is just a school history textbook? To a new fight. To the new blood. To the new victims. Today, Karimli, who was released, did not even turn around, and in fact at this time behind his back in handcuffs from the courtroom they were leading a group of young people to serve their sentences.

The forgotten leader is already obsessed with a new struggle. He cares not about the fate he has broken, the people behind bars. He understands - the revolution requires new victims and a lot of blood. The famous aphorism of his tragicomic leader Elchibey: "A revolution is a tree that is covered with blood!" Remember? The youth may not remember. But I remember it very well... Now they want to plant a new young tree, which will be stained with new blood. Enough! There was already a lot of it in our history in the last 30 years... Indeed, freedom is above Ali Karimli.

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