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Yusif Gambarov of the Azerbaijan State Property Committee, who was overseeing the demolition work, behaved aggressively towards journalists. He shoved and verbally insulted Turkhan Karimov of Azadlig Radio, while he was carrying out his professional duty. Gambarov physically prevented Idrak Abbasov of Ayna-Zerkalo newspapers and IRFS from filming in the area, and attempted to confiscate his camera. Abbasov’s right arm was injured during the altercation.
The director of the Peace and Democracy Institute Leyla Yunus is currently away from Baku on a business trip. A few days ago, she released a statement reporting that the court had put a hold on the execuion of the decision sanctioning the demolition of the office.
The demolition of the houses on Shamsi Badalbayli street to clear the way for the “Winter Park” project has been underway for several months, under the aegis of a special state commission.
Conflicts have arisen because several residents, including the Peace and Democracy Institute, are unhappy with the compensation being offered for their properties.