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.
"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