12 Mar '11, 10pm

Azerbaijan detains 50 opposition protesters

Azerbaijan detains 50 opposition protesters

BAKU : Police in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan on Saturday detained 50 opposition activists who tried for a second day to stage an anti-government protest inspired by the uprisings in the Arab world. Some 200 members of the opposition Musavat party gathered at Fountain Square in central Baku for the protest but were quickly dispersed by police, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Protesters, Musavat leaders Arif Hajili and Tofik Yakublu, chanted "Liberty! Resignation!" as uniformed and plain-clothes police led them away into police buses. Some of them were released soon afterwards. "Police detained 50 citizens on March 12," the interior ministry said in a statement. It said 30 were released, but another 20 were still being held and would later appear in court. Isa Gambar, the head of Musavat, told AFP that a revolution in Azerbaijan was imminent if the authorities failed to initiate...

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