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Rally activity in Azerbaijan2012-04-23 15:49
Yesterday in Baku there was held already the second rally of the opposition. Its organizer was the Public Chamber, which includes the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, "Musavat" Party, Azerbaijan Democratic Party, the People's Party, non-governmental and youth organizations.
The rally was planned in advance and agreed with the executive power of the Baku city. Place for the rally was also agreed upon in advance. As always, the Public Chamber demanded for one place, and the authorities have proposed, or rather imposed, another place - the familiar territory of driving schools in the 20th district. This is a suburb of the city.
Despite the fact that each item of the rally was specified in advance, it should be noted that it was extremely difficult to enter the territory of the meeting. Obstacles were everywhere. All the main roads leading to the venue of the action were blocked. Drivers of public transport and private cars had to find alternative ways and had to dodge in the district. Many have simply left the bus and went there on foot. But it was not so easy to get there even on foot. Groups of police blocked all the narrow passages between the houses. In the end, all those who came to the rally had to enter the stadium through one entrance, where a group of police officers staged a search.
The meeting lasted about three hours. It has passed without incident, but not without emotion. Speeches of the ordinary citizens, who had become victims of the plan of the city arrangement, were especially distinguishing.
A resident of Nizami district Shirinbadzhy Rzayeva noted in her speech that her house had been collapsed on her own head.
The rally has supported other affected residents of the infamous village of Sulutepe which is getting "occupied" by a local oil company hectare after hectare.
Of course, the people could not fail to recall the political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. The people had banners with pictures of all those who had suffered for justice and a just cause.
Particular attention was attracted to the deaf protesters carrying banners which read "How to live on 38 manats?"
Ali Kerimli, the chairman of the Popular Front Party, noted in his speech that the government has already felt that the the ground was slipping from under its feet, and lives in fear. "We managed to build a democratic society two times; we would construct it in the third time", he said referring to the ADR, created in 1918 by Mamedamin Rasulzade, and ADR, created by Abulfaz Elchibey in 1991. "No government agency hears the people's voice; so we will demand freedom".