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Azerbaijani Opposition Says Dozens Injured At Protest

Police move in on demonstrators yesterday (AFP) 27 November 2005 -- Azerbaijan's two main opposition parties today released the names of nearly 90 people they said received injuries when police yesterday broke up an anti-government rally in Baku.

The Musavat party says 46 of its activists suffered various traumas and that another five received prison sentences of up to 15 days.

The reformist wing of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan (AXCP) in turn says 43 of its supporters were seriously injured. Among them is the wife of AXCP Deputy Chairman Nariman Qasimzade.

The U.S. Embassy in Baku has condemned the police action, calling it "unjustified and unprovoked."

Thousands of opposition supporters had gathered on Baku's Qalaba (Victory) Square to protest the outcome of the 6 November legislative polls.

Official results show the opposition, which claims the vote was fraudulent, won 11 seats in the 125-member parliament. The ruling Yeni Azerbaycan (New Azerbaijan) party won 58 seats.