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Another Azerbaijani Opposition Party Planning Protest In Baku

Hasan Karimov
Hasan Karimov
BAKU -- An Azerbaijani opposition party has requested permission from Baku city authorities to stage a picket in the city on April 25, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (AHChP) plans to demand amendments to the election code, official observance of the right to free assembly, and transparency in ongoing talks on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

AHChP Deputy Chairman Hasan Karimov told RFE/RL the party proposed six locations in the city, including central Freedom Square. He said the party is determined to hold the protest regardless of the response by authorities.

A second AHChP official, Abulfaz Qurbanli, says preparations for the demonstration are already under way.

Several members of the opposition Musavat Party were detained during a similar picket on April 13.

There have been no sanctioned public protests in Baku in recent years.

The municipal authorities have designated several locations on the city outskirts for such protests, but opposition parties reject them as too inaccessible.