Protests erupted across several Iranian cities on Thursday in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The demonstrations took place in cities including Tehran, the capital, and Tabriz, a city in Iran’s northwest near the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
Videos posted online on October 1 appear to show dozens of people demonstrating in city streets while chanting slogans in Azeri, a Turkic language. Some of the chants included, “Karabakh is ours. It will remain ours,” Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported on Friday, adding that it could not verify the authenticity of the protest footage. . .
ویدیوهایی در شبکههای اجتماعی منتشر شده که نشان میدهد ترکهای ایران در شهرهای تبریز و تهران در حمایت از جمهوری آذربایجان تظاهرات کردهاند. pic.twitter.com/FYcK8gt2gV
— BBC NEWS فارسی (@bbcpersian) October 1, 2020
در پی ادامه رویارویی نظامی بین جمهوری آذربایجان و ارمنستان؛ درگیری شماری از تظاهرکنندگان حامی جمهوری آذربایجان با نیروهای یگان ویژه پلیس در تبریز. pic.twitter.com/CZqgpxHEMA
— RadioFarda|راديو فردا (@RadioFarda_) October 1, 2020
Azeris constitute Iran’s largest ethnic minority, with an estimated population of up to 20 million. Like Iran, Azerbaijan is nearly 99 percent Muslim, and both countries have a majority Shia population. Azeris are ethnically Turkic and have been incorporated into Iran’s population since at least the 19th century when a treaty divided Azerbaijan into a northern Russian portion and a southern Iranian portion.
According to RFE on Friday, over “100 people, including many civilians, have been killed since heavy clashes erupted on September 27” between Azerbaijan and Armenia in their disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. While the region legally belongs to Azerbaijan, its population is made up of majority Christian Armenians. (Read more from “Report: Protests Erupt in Iran Backing Azerbaijan in Armenia Conflict (VIDEO)” HERE)