Rally participants hold flags of Azerbaijan and EU, Baku, January 19, 2019. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the Caucasian Knot

20 January 2019, 11:10

Rally in Baku demands to release of Guseinov

About 3000 people took part in the action organized by the opposition in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The demands to release the blogger Mekhman Guseinov and other political prisoners were voiced out at the rally.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 26, 2018, Mekhman Guseinov announced a dry hunger strike in the colony, where he was serving his term, in protest against the new criminal case opened against him.

The rally, sanctioned by the city authorities, was held on January 19 at the stadium of the sports and recreation complex of the Yasamal District of Baku. It was organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) of Azerbaijan and supported by the "Musavat" and the "Republican Alternative" (ReAl) Parties.

Participants in the rally held photographs of political prisoners and posters calling to release them and fight against corruption.

During the rally, which lasted for two hours and ended by 5:00 p.m. local time, there were no serious violations of public order, the police have stated. About 2.800 people took part in it, says the website of the Chief Police Department of Baku.

Let us remind you that as a sign of solidarity with Mekhman Guseinov, several convicted activists have declared a hunger strike. Also, oppositionists are holding a hunger strike at the headquarters of the "Musavat" Party under the slogan "Freedom to Mekhman Guseinov and other political prisoners!"

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 19, 2019 at 07:27 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medzhid; Source: CK correspondent

All news

June 26, 2019 22:26

June 26, 2019 22:14

June 26, 2019 21:55

  • North-Ossetian minister excludes any changes of border with Ingushetia

    Authorities of North Ossetia have completed the coordination of the border with Chechnya and are ready to do the same with other neighbouring republics, Aslan Tsutsiev, the Minister for National Relations of North Ossetia, has announced. His republic denies any territorial claims of Ingushetia and would not revise the border therewith, Mr Tsutsiev has stressed.

June 26, 2019 18:28

  • In Tbilisi, all detained protestors set free

    At a request of the Chief Prosecutor's Office of Georgia, the Tbilisi City Court released 51 protesters detained during the protest action held at night on June 21, the press service of the Tbilisi City Court reports today.

June 26, 2019 18:17

News archive