09/22/2021 Nagorno-Karabakh (International Christian Concern) – Video footage confirms Azerbaijani policemen defacing Armenian transportation traveling along the Goris-Kapan road. One video shows a tractor-trailer traveling through, with the back of the vehicle covered in a map of the local regional countries, including Azerbaijan. An Azerbaijani policeman is seen cutting the Armenian flag and the word “Armenia” off with a knife, sending the message that the country is not welcome and not recognized.
An armed Azerbaijani policeman at a checkpoint along Goris-Kapan road is seen harassing an Armenian civilian bus in a second video clip. Officers stopped the transport bus on the side of the road and, using a knife, scraped off a Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh) flag that had been placed on the side. The bus was transporting several children at the time and video footage shows Azerbaijani officers opening up the doors, looking inside, and speaking with the children. Some of the boys traveling inside appeared shaken being in such close contact with armed Azerbaijani servicemen.
Azerbaijan’s harassment of Armenians, Armenian transportation, and Armenian emblems is further evidence of the country’s unwillingness to pursue peace with their neighbor, even as the one-year anniversary of the start of the 44-day war approaches.
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