PROTEST ACTION CONDUCTED IN FRONT OF AZERBAIJAN EMBASSY TO NETHERLANDS

August 19th, 2009
Yesterday, 18 August, a protest action was held in front of Azerbaijan Embassy to Netherlands in connection with the arrest of “Alumni Network” Youth Organization Coordinator, ANTV Online TV Leader Emin Milli and one of “OL” Youth Organization’s coordinators, well-known video-blogger Adnan Hajizade, according to Radio Liberty. 

Action participants gathered at the front of the embassy building, shouted slogans, condemned the attacks against young activists in Azerbaijan and pressure against free expression and free press.
The participants demanded that Adnan Hajizade, Emin Milli, and other imprisoned journalists Ganimat Zahid, Eynulla Fatullayev and Mushfig Huseynov be released.
Action resolution has been submitted to the embassy. After the action, booklets reflecting real socio-political situation in Azerbaijan were distributed to the city public.
On 8 July, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade were sitting at a table in “Lebonese” (Livan) restaurant along with several other young adults, when two people that looked like sportsmen came up to them, and attacked them causing physical injuries. Although they appealed to police as victims, police detained Adnan and Emin as suspected persons for 48 hours and freed the attackers. On 10 July, Sabail District Court Judge Rauf Ahmadov issued a decision under article 221.2.1 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code to sentence Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade to two months pre-trial detention. On July 20 the Appellate Court upheld the decision of the lower court. Both Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade are being held in the Investigative Prison of Baku.