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Azerbaijani Police Arrest Protester…For Supporting The Government

Police broke up the unsanctioned rally.
Police broke up the unsanctioned rally.
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Azerbaijanis are used to getting arrested for protesting the government, but it's not often you'll see a pro-government activist get hauled away by the police.
 
That's what happened on December 10 when mostly opposition activists held an unsanctioned public rally in downtown Baku. Eighty protesters were detained and subsequently released.

As our Azerbaijan Service reported on December 10, most of the attendees were protesting because they believe the parliament is illegitimate and that elections had been rigged.
 
One man, however, went against the tide. Smartly dressed, the unknown person faced a barrage of criticism from others at the rally, who told him that his support for the president was shameful. Undeterred, he told the crowd that if they had not had former President Heydar Aliyev there would be no Azerbaijan. 

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December 11, 2012
In an unexpected reversal, Azerbaijani police on December 10 arrested a man who was staging a solo progovernment protest amid a larger antigovernment rally. The protester told the crowd that if it weren't for former President Heydar Aliyev and his son, current President Ilham Aliyev, there would be no Azerbaijan. He was then taken away by the police. RFE/RL's Azerbaijan Service

"I'm proud of my president," he says, "They didn't give me any government position. I'm a simple man."
 
He was then unceremoniously dragged away by the police, shouting, "what are you doing, what are you doing?" 
 
The video has gone viral in Azerbaijan and now has around 30,000 views on YouTube.
 
-- Luke Allnutt
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by: Ulfat from: Hajiyev
December 11, 2012 12:44
Actually he said that if they didn't have Heydar Aliyev(not President Ilham Aliyev) there would be no Azerbaijan. correct this mistake please.thank you.
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by: Luke Allnutt from: Prague
December 11, 2012 15:18
Thanks for pointing that out and sorry for the error. It's been changed in the text.
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by: Vincent from: NY
December 11, 2012 15:34
What's more, if they didn't have Heydar Aliyev, they wouldn't have Ilham Aliyev, and then where would they be?
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
December 11, 2012 16:22
Actually.if there was no Stalin.there would be no Sultanate of Ali Babalievistan-Huidar Alievich was Koba`s most loyal bootlicker,serving his soviet puppeteers all his life as a kgb general,killing tens of thousands of his countrymen,sending other tens of thousands to Siberia to be considered `Father of the `nation` .Thats the azeri civilization way of thinking.And as history shows,Huidar was a kurd born in Armenia.

by: Natiq Mamedov from: Baku
December 12, 2012 03:58
ooohhh those primitive Aliyev subordinates. Another Western backed despotic regime is doomed to fail sooner or later.

This regime cannot last long, no matter what support the US gives this unelected kleptocracy.
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by: Alex from: LA
December 12, 2012 18:57
Well hit the street and grow a pair like people of Egypt, on the brink of another revolution. Free yourself from Aliev Clan and install a leader that at least keeps his word so other nations can deal with Azeri gov't that will keep their word. At least get closer to peace with your neighbors.

by: Alex from: LA
December 12, 2012 07:43
I see RFE/RL Azeri patrons are going from bashing on Armenia to propping up the Aliev's Azerieshistan to be a moral government, where they arrest their own supporters. Who ever buy this type of shows as to be the truth, is so gullible. "Who's a good doggy, yes u are!!!!"

What's next RFE/RL? Did you guys get the new script from Aliev's Cartel.

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