MEXICO CITY — Adios, Heydar Aliyev, late strongman of distant Azerbaijan.
Now that your statue has been hauled away from the Paseo de La Reforma, the Mexican capital’s grand boulevard, where will Mexicans go now when they want to meditate on your legacy of KGB membership, fraudulent elections and human rights violations?
Early Saturday, in the darkness sometime after midnight, Mexico City officials wrapped up the bronze statue of Aliyev, the ruler of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003, and ferried it away on a truck. The move was an effort to placate the many Mexicans who wondered why the thing had been installed in the heart of their great city in the first place.
As the Times’ Tracy Wilkinson reported, the statue had been inaugurated in August. The government of Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet republic, paid a hefty sum for the land to create the little park where the statue was located.