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Police Beat Protesters at Opposition Rally

April 22, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Azerbaijani riot police used rubber truncheons to break up a rally of opposition supporters calling for the release of political prisoners.

About 300 supporters of the opposition Democrat Party took to the streets of Baku, the capital, chanting slogans calling for the release of political allies who they say have been imprisoned by President Heydar A. Aliyev's government.

Police dispersed the demonstrators after about 40 minutes, beating the protesters with truncheons.

Thirty-one people were arrested, police said. The authorities also said 17 police officers were injured.

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