Greetings to the Turkic nation of Azerbaijan that
stands proud and has set examples of perseverance throughout
history; pioneered the formation of the first democratic
government in the east; and is a wellspring of one of the
first civilisations in history, but now confronting
This is a worthy nation, who strived for setting
up the first democratic republic in the east; for conferring
the full women suffrage both to elect and to be elected, at
a time when women were deprived of such rights even in many
western democratic countries. Not only this Azerbaijani
endeavour is not surprising, but it is regarded as a
reflection of its rich and profound culture.
It is gratifying that this nation has withstood
the onslaught of the despotism of Moscow and Tehran and has
planted the seed in the east for a constitutional system of
parliamentary systems, which has led to a challenge to
traditional systems of absolute monarchisms. This originates
from the culture of this nation, as in the history of the
Turkic Azerbaijan there is a long tradition of empire
building based on the profound culture of debate (geyishmek
and collective decision-making (qurultay).
Inspired by its hero, Babek Khurremdin
from the distant past, our nation today marches forward
through a series of frontlines, such as the glorious
struggle of the 12 December (Translator’s Note:
1945-45 during which the national government was set up but
was overthrown by the invasion of the Iranian armed forces,
marking up the onset of the cold war and the first defeat of
the democratic forces), during which lives of some 70000
Southern Azerbaijanis were perished.
Now, I address you, the honourable nation,
stating that your ancestors were pioneers in creating epics
and achieving great successes. These were only feasible by
their self-esteem. But why we have been thrown into this
yoke of servitude?
In responding to this question we only need to
learn a lesson from our history and from the way we diverted
from our basic principles. Since we became self-alienated,
and not surprisingly, we found ourselves yoked.
Now with God’s grace, and despite the massive
ongoing campaign of misinformation, the endeavours of the
pioneers of our national movements are not in vain owing to
their mature insight into the problems. Now, the national
movement of (Southern) Azerbaijan is enriched by a
generation of clear thinkers and patriots, who have become a
mighty force rallying together to awaken the nation of
(Southern) Azerbaijan against the inhumane policies of
Persian fascism. The present generation of Azerbaijani
activists are tolerating all the hardship created by the
Azerbaijanis are well aware of the wisdom of the
great king, “Bilge Khaqan” engraving his advice on the runic
scripts stating that: “O, my Turkic nation, seek your glory
in your own self.” Over the years, many of the activists of
the national movement of Southern Azerbaijan has been
inspired by this profound wisdom and passed many obstacles.
Now, the waters have been tested since the historic day of
22 May 2006 by the virtue of the heroism of the nation,
orchestrating heartfelt uproars; proclaiming the Turkic
identity; and gaining a glimpse of glory of liberty. The May
22nd engraved the epic episode of the May 2006
Mass Protests and became the hallmark of the reinstatement
of our identity before the world and subsequently we were
heard worldwide. This episode was, by no means, a reaction
to the abuse of our national integrity but a substantive
index of undoing the yoke of servitude.
Notwithstanding the above, even if the world came
to realise the just and peaceful protests of this nation,
the Persian chauvinism failed to see this implosion and was
not even interested to hear its voice. Perhaps, this is a
rule of history and normally true that, no matter how
fiercely a nation is repressed, their awakening against
despotic occupiers is reciprocally fierce and firm. This
kind of awakening is the wellspring of liberty and freedom.
Let it be known that the unique feature of the May 2006 Mass
Protests was that it was the uprising of the Turkic nation
of (Southern) Azerbaijan relying solely on own nation with
no expectation from any other entity. This is result of a
lesson that we have learned from our history.
Now, I bear a witness that the salvation of this
nation is inborn expecting help from no one, so god bless
this nation. O, the nation of (Southern) Azerbaijan, liberty
has never been granted, neither in the past nor in the
present times. Liberty has always been secured through
monumental struggles and impregnable will of the people.
Nonetheless, today’s reality is rather different.
The civilised world no longer consents the repression of
peaceful movements by dictators. In particular, it is now
impossible to defeat great national movements enjoying mass
O, my honourable nation, now you have realised
your power since you have been proclaiming your own
identity. The popular power will be more consolidated if you
maintain your unity and every individual join hand in hand.
I am convinced that (Southern) Azerbaijan shall deliver this
unity. You shall demonstrate this unity this year at 5.00
p.m. on 22 May 2006 throughout (Southern) Azerbaijan and
every other Turkic home in a country today referred to as
Iran (Translator’s Note: prior to 1937, the country was
officially called the Protectorate Countries but
since then it was renamed Iran). In particular, an effective
lesson will be taught to Persian chauvinism when the
peaceful voice of Azerbaijan will rise in the city of
I turn my attention to our activists, the sons
and daughters of this movement. You know well that the only
information channel for the outlet of our voice is just one
TV and some Internet websites. Regrettably, these
information channels are also under severe restrictions and
the authorities have made their reception by our people
almost impossible. Therefore, a further expression of our
demands is not feasible through these channels.
I believe this vacuum can be filled by our
national activists and before the Day of Anniversary, the
shortfall can be compensated for by writings, distributing
CDs, graffiti posters and enlightening the folk.
Now, I appeal to you, the fighters of Urmu,
Tebriz, Zengan, Erdebil, Hemedan, Qezvin, Maragha, Erak,
Sulduz, Qoshachay, and Tehran. Let the massifs of Sehend and
Savalan remain your source of inspiration and for waving the
banner of Azerbaijan. You are now making your own history.
Your salvation is only through maintaining your Unity and
I plea for you, to stand up against your enemies,
to hold your head high, to cry out your heart, to demand
your rights by singing in one voice:
No more chipping off my
Or this stormy ocean would
revolt and you’ll be gone.
As this land survives for her
warriors are alive;
They won’t let in aliens to
occupy and thrive!
As my last word, I pay my tribute to my
honourable nation and wish my best to the ongoing struggle.
I feel confident that the success is with us.