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Azerbaijani Activists Raise Funds To Pay Protesters' Fines In Small Coins

Azerbaijanis protest against deaths in the army in Baku on January 12.
Azerbaijanis protest against deaths in the army in Baku on January 12.
By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
BAKU -- Azerbaijani activists say they have raised 11,600 manats ($14,770) to pay fines for protesters who have been fined hundreds of dollars under a new law on mass gatherings.

Representatives of the Positive Change youth movement told RFE/RL on January 21 that the money will be delivered to the authorities in the form of five-qapik coins (100 qapiks = 1 manat) if the protesters lose their appeal and the fines are confirmed.

The campaign to raise the money was launched last week after more than 20 men were fined for participating in a Baku demonstration on January 12.

The event was aimed at raising awareness about the deaths of army conscripts.

The men have been ordered to pay fines ranging from $380 to $760 (300 to 600 manats) each, adding up to a total of $13,400.

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