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Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Tokens of peace become weapons in Baku

From Baku Today:

Flowers became weapons in Azerbaijan's capital Baku Tuesday when a bid by opposition activists to charm pro-government supporters with fresh bouquets degenerated into a pitched fight.

The confrontation between about 100 pro- and anti-government demonstrators started as an attempt to make peace, following clashes on Monday in which the two sides showered each other with bottles and stones.

Elderly female supporters of the National Front opposition party brought carnations to a group of pro-government female demonstrators in conservative Islamic dress. But the gesture was refused and soon both sides were using the flowers against each other, before resorting to egg throwing.

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