Another Opposition Protest in Azerbaijan

by Nathan Hamm on 6/20/2005 · 3 comments

Many wearing orange, 20,000 people took to the streets to demand a free vote in November’s parliamentary election.

Azerbaijan’s opposition bloc has chosen orange as its campaign color — the color that was also used by the Ukrainian opposition during mass protests dubbed “Orange Revolution” that helped pave way for the victory of a Western-backed candidate over a Russia-backed rival.

Many participants in Saturday’s rally wore orange T-shirts and baseball caps and carried orange flags.

The opposition demands election law reforms and access to state-controlled television.

I wonder what the Azeri government is up to… As I’ve mentioned in the past, perhaps it realizes that the best way to ensure its survival is to allow the opposition access. I’m not holding my breath, but…

There’s some discussion of the government’s possible motives here. And maybe Aliyev is trying to impress certain people.

More pictures in the extended entry. And, yes, it looks like these rallies come with just one kid holding the Bush sign. Or the photographers only find the one.

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Grijsz June 20, 2005 at 8:22 pm

Did you know that Saakashvili and the younger Aliev are quite good buddies, or showed always up like that ? Maybe Micha may give him some hints how to let democracy happen…

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