Azeri police clash with protesters in Baku

Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a rally against the death of soldiers in Azerbaijan’s national army barracks in Baku, March 10, 2013.
Protesters shout anti-government slogans during a rally against the death of soldiers in Azerbaijan’s national army barracks in Baku, March 10, 2013.


Police in Azerbaijan have reportedly clashed with hundreds of people protesting against violence in the country’s military.


On Sunday, people demonstrated in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku to express their anger over the suspicious deaths of three soldiers at military barracks.

Reports say that police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and dozens of people were also arrested.

“I can't be indifferent to the fact that young soldiers die in our army almost every week,” said a protester during the rally.

The family of one of the soldiers identified as Jeyhun Gubadov claim their son died under torture and mistreatment. Gubadov died at a military barracks in Azerbaijan on January 7.

On January 13, around 500 protesters staged a demonstration in Baku’s Fountain Square against the death of 18-year-old Jeyhun Gubadov.

Human rights groups blame Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev for rampant rights abuses and a harsh crackdown on dissent. They have accused the Azeri government of leveling trumped-up charges against opposition members.
Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/10/292888/azeri-police-clash-with-protesters/

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