Fruit and Flowers Revolution

by Nathan Hamm on 12/5/2005 · 1 comment

The first mention I’ve seen for the revolution that isn’t happening in Azerbaijan is the “Fruit and Flowers Revolution.” Can someone explain that one? Perhaps it’s just another similarity to Kyrgyzstan–the symbols bear less obvious connections to the protests.

Anyhow, the name comes from RFE/RL’s Press Room, where contributor Richard Giragosian says that the government has postponed but not prevented a revolution. He also said that recent events will slow the development of democratic processes and institutions in Azerbaijan. And with attitudes like this, it’s hard to disagree.

In related news, Ilham Aliev congratulated Nursultan Nazarbaev on his election victory.

“Your victory in elections is undisputable confirmation of the support by the people of the policy pursued by you directed to strengthening of statehood and supremacy of law”, President of Azerbaijan stresses.


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Peter December 5, 2005 at 7:54 pm

I’ll throw my hat in the ring first, if only to apologose for my childish punctuation and my failure to properly revise the comments you have cruelly used as a link. It seems only fair that we should be allowed to edit our own comments.
The basic message, however, was that Azerbaijan was never going to be the site of a revolution. To fashion a democracy metaphor; no roots, arid soil, and a withered seed. The West is supposedly meant to be sowing, but where is it now? Look to the lifeless shores of the oil-rich Absheron peninsula and work it out for yourselves.

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