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Monday, August 08, 2005


Demonstrations following Bashirli arrest

From Armenia Liberty:

Some 300 pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Azerbaijan showered each other with stones and bottles Monday in a clash over an opposition leader's alleged contacts with Armenian secret police, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

A pro-government rally faced off with the opposition across a traffic-packed street in central Baku just days after prosecutors announced the arrest of the leader of an anti-government youth group for his alleged contacts with agents from Azerbaijan's rival Armenia. About 150 members of the opposition National Front of Azerbaijan party chanted "Freedom!" and whistled as an equal number of pro-government demonstrators shouted into loud speakers just meters away, an AFP reporter on the scene saw.

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