Administration of Canadian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake dismantled the statues of Azerbaijani ex-president Heydar Aliyev and his daughter-in-law Mehriban Aliyeva, considering them as monuments to dictators, member of Public Chamber of Canadian
representation Hasan Saftarov said.
The step was taken by the town administration in response to
Azerbaijani opposition’s campaign.
“With the whole world having declared war against dictatorship,
a statue to Heydar Aliyev undermines the image of Canada, as one of
the most democratic countries in the world.
“Aliyev is no different from Saddam, Mubarak, Ben Ali, Gaddafi and
Assad. For this reason, we request to dismantle and return statues of
Heydar Aliyev and his daughter-in-law Mehriban Aliyeva to Azerbaijani
authorities,” Azeri opposition’s letter to the mayor’s office reads.nder Aliyev dynasty, rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens are trampled.
Journalists, bloggers, dissidents, and civic activists are regularly beaten, jailed and tortured, some are murdered. Peaceful protests are violently suppressed by police and plain-clothed government agents.
All elections are falsified. Just last week,a secret cam video released online revealed how the seats in the national parliament are not only selected by the President, instead of being elected by voters, but also are sold by the regime leadership for million dollar bribes.
While the vast majority of the population, in spite of Azerbaijan’s
enormous oil revenues, is still poor, Ilham Aliyev’s eleven years
old son owns a $40 million dollar luxury mansion in a Dubai resort.
President Aliyev’s family, through secretive off-shore firms, has taken
control of the country’s largest banks, gold mines, phone companies,
and other enterprises.
These and many other shameful facts about the Aliyev dictatorship
are well-documented in reports by the international media, human
rights organizations and foreign governments, and can be discovered
by a simple Google search. This corrupt, repressive system is the
real legacy of Heydar Aliyev. What he founded is hardly worth of
commemoration in a free society governed by basic moral norms.
According to the official response by the mayor’s office addressed to
Hasan Saftarov, the statues were removed, with the monument to Heydar
Aliyev to be restored in case Canadian government and Azerbaijani
embassy reached an agreement, Internet gazeta reported.