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Azerbaijan: Police violently disperse peaceful rallies ahead of Eurovision

Headline Title:  Azerbaijan: Police violently disperse peaceful rallies ahead of Eurovision 14 May 2012 Azerbaijan must immediately halt the police use of violence to suppress freedom of expression, Amnesty International said after two separate peaceful protests were broken up by police in the capital city Baku on Monday. Local activists told Amnesty International that opposition party members were specifically targeted at rallies in Baku’s Sabir Garden area and in front of the city authorities’ offices.Independent video footage from the scene shows police roughing up demonstrators…

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