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Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Arrests at Azerbaijan rallies

From Baku Today:

The rallies held by Azadlig bloc comprising three major opposition parties were marred with police violence. The most serious incident took place in the Sabirabad central district on Sunday, the Popular Front Party (PFPA reformers) deputy chair Hasan Karimov has said.

Karimov told journalists on Monday that although the protest action was allowed earlier, the district mayor Ashraf Mammadov made a decision Saturday evening to forbid it. Despite the ban, representatives of Musavat and PFPA parties attempted to protest in the central part of Sabirabad. Local police officers and interior troops prevented the protest action, arresting 36 protesters.

Representatives of the PFPA regional division lately tried to protest in the Lankaran southern district. The police surrounded the protesters suggesting that the manifestation be held 7 kilometers away from the district center instead.

Karimov said the opposition protesters also clashed with police in the Tovuz district, western Azerbaijan. 19 protesters were detained by police.

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