WASHINGTON. November 28, 2012. Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD) has sent a new letter on November 27 to the government of Mexico City, supporting the decision of the committee of Mexican intellectuals that the giant broze statue of the Azerbaijani dictator Heydar Aliyev be removed from the city’s public park.
In his letter, AZAD’s chairman Elmar Chakhtakhtinski says that he was “dismayed” by the Azerbaijani government’s response to the Mexico City committee’s removal recommendation. The Azerbaijani authorities publicly threatened Mexico with closing down the Azerbaijani embassy there and canceling oil industry investments. The letter calls these threats “bullying tactics” and expresses hope that the Mexican side will not allow the Azerbaijani regime to dictate the residents of Mexico City what they can do in their own parks.
The letter identifies Heydar Aliyev an “enemy of democracy” responsible for human rights violations and says those who value freedom will appreciate “a speedy removal of this statue from your beautiful city”.
This is the second letter from AZAD to the Mexico City officials. The first letter was sent on October 3rd. Below is the full text of the letter:
Dear Head of Government Ebrard, Dear Secretary Leal, Dear Members of the Government of Mexico City,
On behalf of my organization and all like-minded people, I would like to applaud the principled and honorable decision of the committee formed by the Mexico City government, recommending the removal of the Azerbaijani dictator Heydar Aliyev’s statue from your city’s park.
I am dismayed that the Azerbaijani government responded to your committee’s decision by publicly trying to threaten Mexico with taking back the money spent on park renovations, closing down Azerbaijani embassy and canceling oil industry investments.
Fortunately, the sympathy and goodwill of the world’s free people is much stronger, both morally and materially, than the power and money of all the corrupt dictatorships combined.
I am confident that the government of Mexico City will not be intimidated by such bullying tactics of the Azerbaijani authorities, and the proud residents of your city will not allow a foreign regime to dictate whose monuments they should keep in their parks.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, Heydar Aliyev was not a noble man that deserves to be honored in public parks and squares. He was an enemy of democracy and responsible for rampant corruption and severe violations of human rights and freedoms of the Azerbaijani people.
As someone who grew up in Azerbaijan and also was lucky to learn about Mexico and its people first-hand, I humbly suggest that the good people in both Mexico and Azerbaijan, who value liberties and rights of fellow human beings, would appreciate a speedy removal of this statue from your beautiful city.
Sincerely, Elmar Chakhtakhtinski Chairman Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD)