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Azerbaijan's Bloody Election

By Rafail Shakirov
  • Baku, Wed, Oct 8. Oil workers for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline are invited to the opening of an office of the government party New Azerbaijan in Baku and given new uniforms.
    Baku, Wed, Oct 8. Oil workers for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline are invited to the opening of an office of the government party New Azerbaijan in Baku and given new uniforms.
  • Baku, Sun, Oct 12. The last demonstration organized by the main opposition party Musavat before the elections. Musavat leader Isa Gambar called on the police not to become an instrument of oppression.
    Baku, Sun, Oct 12. The last demonstration organized by the main opposition party Musavat before the elections. Musavat leader Isa Gambar called on the police not to become an instrument of oppression.
  • Sun, Oct 12. Opposition demonstration in Baku.
    Sun, Oct 12. Opposition demonstration in Baku.
  • Baku, Sun, Oct 12. Residents of the village of Nardaran, scene of clashes between demonstrators and police last year, attend the Musavat rally.
    Baku, Sun, Oct 12. Residents of the village of Nardaran, scene of clashes between demonstrators and police last year, attend the Musavat rally.
  • Nardaran, Wed, Oct 15. Villagers from Nardaran cast their votes in the presidential election.
    Nardaran, Wed, Oct 15. Villagers from Nardaran cast their votes in the presidential election.
  • Kala, Wed, Oct 15. Voters who are refugees from the village of Lichna, now held by the Armenians, cast their votes.
    Kala, Wed, Oct 15. Voters who are refugees from the village of Lichna, now held by the Armenians, cast their votes.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Opposition demonstrators threw stones and sticks at police cars and government buildings and attacked policemen as they poured through the streets of Baku towards Freedom Square.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Opposition demonstrators threw stones and sticks at police cars and government buildings and attacked policemen as they poured through the streets of Baku towards Freedom Square.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. An opposition demonstrator throws a soldier's helmet at a portrait of President Heidar Aliev.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. An opposition demonstrator throws a soldier's helmet at a portrait of President Heidar Aliev.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Opposition demonstrators try to overturn a police bus.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Opposition demonstrators try to overturn a police bus.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. A policeman beaten up by demonstrators.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. A policeman beaten up by demonstrators.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. The opposition demonstrators easily break through the police cordon and take possession of Baku's biggest public space, Freedom Square.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. The opposition demonstrators easily break through the police cordon and take possession of Baku's biggest public space, Freedom Square.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Exultant Musavat Party leaders in front of Government House on Freedom Square. For the first time in 10 years they have managed to take possession of the square.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Exultant Musavat Party leaders in front of Government House on Freedom Square. For the first time in 10 years they have managed to take possession of the square.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. The security forces use teargas, truncheons and firearms to break up the opposition demonstration and retake Freedom Square.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. The security forces use teargas, truncheons and firearms to break up the opposition demonstration and retake Freedom Square.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Journalists had gathered in the square on the steps of Government House and were charged by the police.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Journalists had gathered in the square on the steps of Government House and were charged by the police.
  • Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Police brutally beat the demonstrators with truncheons.
    Baku, Thur, Oct 16. Police brutally beat the demonstrators with truncheons.
  • Thur, Oct 16. These casualties of police violence in Baku are not dead, just badly beaten. The authorities announced that no one had been hurt in the violence except police officers.
    Thur, Oct 16. These casualties of police violence in Baku are not dead, just badly beaten. The authorities announced that no one had been hurt in the violence except police officers.