Monday, January 28

Mexico says good bye to the statue of Heydar Aliyev- at least for now (updated)

Its been a while since Mexican authorities ordered removal of late president Heydar Aliyev's statue from one of its key parks. Angered Azerbaijani authorities made many promises and even threatened Mexican government that there will be consequences for their actions (one of which was the closer of the embassy but that never happened). On November 7th, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Mexico, said official Baku postponed its plans to invest in projects (estimated value of $3.8billion) in Mexico. Uhmm... give me break?! What a great diplomatic move on behalf of Azerbaijani government. Looks like its still kindergarten play time. 

Yesterday (January 26th) as protestors in Baku took the streets in solidarity with residents of Ismayilli to call for an end of use of violence against unarmed civilians, a miracle happened. The statue of Heydar Aliyev that was placed at the park in Mexico, was removed. Right now, the Mexico City Mayor office is negotiating with the Azerbaijani embassy in Mexico a place where the statue could be placed instead. 

As officials negotiate, at least the people of Mexico can continue enyoying their park freed (for now) of one dictator.

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