The torch of the 2015 European Games is presented and will travel across the country.
According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov the torch represents "national and spiritual values".
To me this torch comes at the expense of people like Khadija Ismayil, Intigam Aliyev, Leyla Yunus and many others who are locked up behind bars for crimes they have not committed. It represents corruption, filthiness and dirt that Azerbaijani government is swimming in (now, that would be a game to compete in, during these games, guess who the winner would be then?!).
It stands for rights abuse, torture, lies, and intimidation. It represents silenced voices, despair and sadness.
It represents jail, crackdown and fear.
It represents all the things that are wrong in Azerbaijan - wicked and corrupted leadership, uneducated society, struggling country barely surviving on "generous" salaries paid by the government.
Catherine Ugwu, the director of ceremonies thinks the torch will create "perfect mood" as it travels across the country. Well Ms. Ugwu, how about you join the torch with a go-pro camera and visit remote villages of Azerbaijan where poverty is mind boggling, where people still have no heating or running water among so many other issues.
Now wouldn't that be a perfect mood setter?! But you won't do that. Because you have no respect for Khadijas, Leylas and Intigams.
But then why would you if our own government doesn't give a shit.