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Baku Residents Protest Over Fuel, Food Costs

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By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service
Hundreds of Baku residents have staged a protest rally over the rising costs of fuel and food products.

Protesters chanted antigovernment slogans and called on the country's President Ilham Aliyev to resign, accusing him of corruption and falsifying the results of the October 9 presidential election.

The sanctioned rally was organized by the National Council of Democratic Forces, led by former presidential candidate Camil Hasanli.

He urged the protesters to continue "to fight the dictatorship in Azerbaijan until democracy prevails" in the country.

WATCH: Demonstrators in Baku protest prices.
Baku Residents Protest Over Fuel, Food Costsi
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December 15, 2013
Hundreds of Baku residents today protested against the rising costs of fuel and food. Protesters chanted antigovernment slogans and called on President Ilham Aliyev to resign, accusing him of corruption and falsifying the results of the October 9 presidential election. Ali Karimli, the head of the Party Popular Front of Azerbaijan, and Jamil Hasanli, the head of National Council of Democratic forces, both addressed the crowds. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)



Protesters also expressed support and solidarity with the ongoing antigovernment rally in Kyiv.

Top Azerbaijani opposition figure, Isa Qambar, has traveled to the Ukrainian capital to deliver a speech to antigovernment protesters there on behalf of the Azerbaijani opposition.

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