Monday, October 10, 2005
Another rally broken up in Baku
Police dispersed an unsanctioned opposition rally in the Azerbaijani capital Baku Sunday.
The rally was organized by the Azadlyg bloc including the Azerbaijani People's Front, the Democratic Party and the Musavat (Equality) party.
The opposition demanded the authorities to ensure free, just and democratic parliamentary elections due on November 6.
Some people were injured in clashed with the police.
Reuters AlertNet has more:
Police hauled away some protesters at the demonstration, being held without official permission, while others retreated holding handkerchiefs to bleeding heads.
"This blood will be on the conscience of the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev," Ali Kerimli, one of two leaders of the main opposition bloc in the Caspian Sea state, said.
The opposition said up to 30 people were seriously injured, including three journalists. "But all the same we will continue our peaceful actions," Kerimli told reporters.