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Monday, August 29, 2005


Azerbaijan protesters demand free elections

From Baku Today:

Some five thousand Azerbaijani opposition supporters, dressed in the orange of the Ukrainian revolution, called for upcoming elections to be "free and honest" in a demonstration here Saturday.

The protestors from the opposition group Azadlyg (Freedom) representing the three right-wing opposition parties, carried placards saying, "We need free elections" and "Bush offer us democracy".

They also demanded equal representation on the country's electoral commission and the government bring to justice the killers of Elmar Hussseinov, editor of the opposition newspaper, who was shot dead on March 2.

Police said 5,000 people attended the demonstration in Baku while organisers estimated there was 15,000.

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