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Azerbaijan: Peaceful Rallies Dispersed Violently

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Expand A women’s rights protester is detained by police in Baku on October 20.  © 2019 REUTERS/Aziz Karimov (Berlin) – Azerbaijan police violently dispersed two peaceful protests in central Baku on October 19 and 20, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Police rounded up dozens of peaceful opposition and civic activists, beating and roughing them up while forcing them onto buses and into police cars. Among those detained was the leader of the opposition Popular Front Party, Ali Karimli, who sustained numerous injuries at the hands of law enforcement officers while detained for several hours.…

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