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Azerbaijani Activist Detained In Baku

BAKU -- An activist from Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party (AXCP) has been detained in Baku.

Turan Ibrahim was detained near his house late on January 13.

His brother, Togrul Ibrahim, said at least seven police officers detained the activist when he was returning home from work.

According to the brother, Ibrahim was taken to the Nariman district police department in Baku and charged with resisting police.

The arrest came as protests broke out in a handful of districts across Azerbaijan on January 13 in the latest sign of mounting frustration over joblessness, price hikes, and other economic woes in the oil-rich Caucasus country.

Ibrahim is a member of the AXCP's youth committee. His father, Mammad Ibrahim, who is an adviser to the AXCP chairman, has been in custody since late September on hooliganism charges. Mammad Ibrahim rejects the charges as politically motivated.

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