Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Azerbaijan’s capital in solidarity with recent protests which were crushed in a town in the north.
Police arrested about 40 activists in central Baku who were calling for the resignation of President Aliyev. The president succeeded his father in 2003 and has been criticised for tolerating little dissent in the oil-producing former Soviet republic.
Demonstrators say they want an end to unemployment, poverty and the atmosphere of fear in the region.
The protest was triggered by unrest in Ismailli on Thursday, where police used teargas and water cannons on people who wanted the resignation of a regional leader.
On Thursday, the Council of Europe passed a resolution on Azerbaijan’s human rights record, calling
on the government to undertake reforms.
Copyright © 2013 euronewsMore about:
- 1Uruguay makes history by legalising entire marijuana market
- 2Mandela Memorial Sign Language Interpreter a ‘Fraud’
- 3Riot police raid Kyiv’s central square
- 4What’s God got to do with it?, asks Nobel Prize in Physics winner
- 5Italy: ‘Pitchfork protesters’ disrupt road and rail travel in protest at state of economy
- 18:49 CET ‘War game’ highlights risks of Britain’s EU exit
- 18:28 CET Opposition mounts to Israel’s Arab Bedouin transfer plan
- 18:20 CET Uruguay’s move to legalise marijuana breaks international treaty -…
- 17:36 CET Bachelet seen easily defeating childhood playmate in Chile election
- 17:33 CET Pope Francis named Time’s Person of the Year
- 17:16 CET Libya PM expects ports to reopen, rejects autonomy chief
- 16:55 CET Italian PM Letta wins first leg of confidence vote
- 16:39 CET Mexico Senate OKs energy reform, pends lower house approval