The Ered tragedy was a continuation of the genocide of the Ossetian people, which began in 1920, - Bibilov

Thu, 19/03/2020 - 12:10

The Ered tragedy will forever remain in our memory, because the atrocities shown on March 18, 1991 cannot be kept in the mind of a normal person, said the head of state Anatoly Bibilov at the mourning rally at the Zguder cemetery.

Relatives and friends, the country's leadership, representatives of ministries and departments, the public and the creative intelligentsia came to honor the memory of the brutally murdered twelve guys. For 29 years, those who come here are not indifferent to the memory of the innocent victims, those who are directly affected by the genocide of the Ossetian people.

The memory is limitless

The leader of the rally, a lector of the South-Ossetian State University, Taimuraz Tadtaev reminded the participants of the rally about the events occurred 29 years ago, spoke about the atrocities committed by Georgian fascists against the people of South Ossetia.

“29 years ago, Georgian armed groups seized the Ural track near the village of Ered and put off 25 Ossetians driving through the territory, which was then controlled by Georgian armed groups. Women and children were brutally beaten and released, and 12 men were imprisoned in the Georgian “headquarters”. From that day they were considered missing,” he said.

According to him, after two and a half years, thanks to anonymous sources (and for a certain amount - approx.ed.), The place of their burial became known. Then, eyewitnesses began to speak. According to them, the guys were brutally tortured and after they were thrown alive into a ravine, doused with gasoline, set on fire and covered with earth, buried alive over the village of Ered at the quarry, and a road was built over the burial place in order to hide the traces.

Killed by Ethnicity

“To subject people to the cruelest tortures and bury them alive is the height of the human mind. These events were the continuation of the genocide of the Ossetian people, which began in 1920. Among them are the Zar tragedy, and the Ered one, as well as the military events of recent history. This year we are holding commemorative events on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the genocide of the Ossetian people and we want to show the whole world that destroying an ethnic group is a crime against humanity, it is impossible to forget and forgive, but it must be condemned, ”the President of South Ossetia emphasized.

Bibilov has added that every year the people of South Ossetia gather in the days of the Eared and Zar tragedies, on the night of August 7-8, to once again urging the world community to open eyes and realize that silence about tragedies is no less a crime, but is identified with crimes.

“The memory of people killed on an ethnic basis will always be in our hearts, and every year we will honor the memory of every innocently killed. In addition, we will urge the world community to condemn the crimes of the Georgian government against Ossetians. If this does not happen, then I’m sure that the crimes will be repeated again after many years. There was no condemnation of the genocide of the 1920s and subsequent years, and we in the late 80s, in the 2008s. saw the continuation of the genocide. Fascism should be condemned by the international community, and not only by those against which it was committed,” the head of state said.

He has reminded that today we are again witnessing a reshaping of our common history, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, "and we see that Hitlerite fascism is not condemned, and in some countries people who served in fascist military formations are even honored, including in the SS.

The head of state once again addressed the relatives and friends of those killed and noted that this is a tragedy not only of relatives, but of all of us, the entire Ossetia, and, moreover, the entire world community. We will remember everyone ...

Thanks for the memory

Words of gratitude on behalf of relatives and friends to the leadership and all the people of South Ossetia were expressed by the brother of one of the victims of the Ered tragedy Nikolay Doguzov. He reminded the participants of the commemorative event of the atrocities inflicted by the Georgian fascists on the civilian population.

“March 18, 1991 is a day of mourning and memory for all of us. On this day, the Georgian fascists brutally tortured and buried alive 12 innocent guys. This tragedy becomes even worse when we recall the hard days and years of their search. After all, for two and a half years we tried every hour to find them. And on this day, we are obliged to remember every defender of the Fatherland, who gave his life for the independence and prosperity of our Motherland,” he said.

Participants in the mourning rally in silence laid flowers and wreaths at the mass grave of the victims of the Ered tragedy.

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