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Monday, August 22, 2005


Azerbaijan: Orange ban continues

From MosNews:

Starting August 10, major shopping centers in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, are being raided by officers in civilian clothes who seize merchandise of orange color. Where retailers object their visitors threaten with police summons.

Retailers say they were warned in advance against selling goods of orange color and ordered to withdraw such items from their shops. Now, those who ignored the warning are watching despondently their orange merchandise destroyed in bonfires.

Baku’s largest shopping malls — Sadarak and Bina — have already been fully purged of orange-colored items including children’s clothes and expensive leatherwear. Textile retailers are suffering the heaviest losses as orange-colored fabrics have been especially popular latterly prompting retailers to import large quantities.

The government has repeatedly urged retailers to give up orange colored goods voluntarily. Those, who fail to comply, would face high fines, officials say. Local entrepreneurs have voiced concern over the arbitrary measures.

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