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Azerbaijan: Peaceful Rallies Dispersed Violently

Police Beat, Kick Protesters, Arresting Dozens

(Berlin) – Azerbaijan police violently dispersed two peaceful protests in central Baku on October 19 and 20, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • HRW

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.

Several other detained opposition activists told Human Rights Watch that they were severely beaten in…

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