Azerbaijan Braces for Protests

  Police Forcibly Disperse Social Protests in Regions   January 12– A group of residents of Liman town in Lankaran region held a protest demanding lower food prices, after the prices of food and other essential goods saw a sharp rise following the devaluation of the national currency on December 21, 2015. The police used physical force to disperse the protesters, who had attempted to block the Alat-Astara highway.   Lankaran Regional Executive Power confirmed that a protest had been held in the region, but that it had ended when the protesters were...

Azerbaijani Opposition Rally on the Eve of the European Games

      About 1,000 Azerbaijani held a rally on Sunday to protest against a crackdown on human rights as economic problems mount on the eve of the European Games and in the run-up parliamentary elections in November. The protesters demanded that authorities pay compensation for the damage that people have suffered as a result of the devaluation of the national currency. Hit by the fall in global oil prices, the ruble's drop against the dollar in neighboring Russia and the separatist war in east Ukraine, Azerbaijan devalued the...
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