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Azerbaijani police break up opposition protest, arrest activists

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 12 June 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijani police break up opposition protest, arrest activists, 12 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fdb2f652d.html [accessed 19 April 2014]
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By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

June 12, 2012

BAKU – Police in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, have broken up an unsanctioned opposition protest and arrested the co-chairman and several other activists of the opposition Republican Alternative (REAL) alliance.

Co-Chairman Ilgar Mammadov and the activists were detained on June 12 as they moved toward the parliament building, where the group planned to hold a demonstration protesting amendments to laws that limit public access to information regarding government financial and economic programs.

Opposition activists say the amendments will make the government's financial and economic activities less transparent.

With reporting by Interfax

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