National Revival Day

  • 17 November 2021
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November 17 is the National Revival Day in Azerbaijan.

The history of this day is connected with the protest rallies that started on November 17, 1988 and lasted for 18 days.

On that day, about 1 million people gathered in Freedom Square (then called Lenin Square), Baku's main square, to protest Moscow's double-standard policy toward Azerbaijan. During the rallies, the national flag of Azerbaijan was raised for the first time in Freedom Square and the issue of secession from the Soviet Union was raised. On the night of December 4-5, Soviet Army forces and heavy equipment entered Freedom Square. The rally was broken up and a state of emergency was declared.

This rally was a national liberation movement of the Azerbaijani people. Thus, in our recent history, the name "Square Movement" has entered the history of Azerbaijan as a national revival.