Another Sunday

by Nathan Hamm on 10/9/2005 · 5 comments

So that means there’s more Azerbaijan protest dispersal news.

Police hit some protesters in the arms and legs with clubs and appeared to drag at least a dozen away – one with a bloodied head – forcing them into a minibus. Later, police surrounded a protester who was on the ground, hitting him with truncheons and kicking him.

“This is how they smother freedom,” said Jafar Bakhash, an opposition supporter leaning on a wooden cane and standing near the fray. “I’m 65, but I will fight to the end of my life.”

Fewer protesters turned out than the opposition had expected.

For the Azeri government’s view of the matter, read Interfax’s coverage.

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Stygius October 9, 2005 at 5:58 pm

Are you sure that isn’t New Orleans?

qadinbakida October 9, 2005 at 8:45 pm

Funny how fewer people show up after 3 consecutive weeks of getting the shit beaten out of them. Hard to imagine….

Laurence October 10, 2005 at 6:41 am

Here’s a photo that looks like it might have been taken in Baku Police officers subdue a man on Conti Street near Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans Saturday night, Oct. 8, 2005. At least one police officer repeatedly punched the 64-year-old Robert Davis, accused of public intoxication, and another officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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