Pro­test­ers dis­persed

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

PO­LICE in ex-Soviet Azer­bai­jan have de­tained 50 op­po­si­tion ac­tivists who tried for a sec­ond day to stage an antigov­ern­ment protest in­spired by the up­ris­ings in the Arab world. About 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 in­clud­ing Musa­vat lead­ers Arif Ha­jili and Tofik Yakublu chanted ‘‘ Lib­erty! Res­ig­na­tion!’’ as po­lice led them away into po­lice buses. Some of them were re­leased soon af­ter­ward. Isa Gam­bar, the head of Musa­vat, told AFP that a revo­lu­tion in Azer­bai­jan was im­mi­nent if the authorities failed to ini­ti­ate demo­cratic re­forms.

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