November 9, 1998 |
An opposition rally in this capital turned bloody for the second straight day Sunday, when an unidentified gang attacked several opposition leaders. Among the victims was Azerbaijan's first president after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Abulfaz Elchibey, who was forced from office in June 1993. Democratic Party leader Ilyas Ismailov and Liberal Party leader Lala Shovkhet-Gajiyeva and several of their party colleagues also were beaten by unidentified attackers.
May 16, 1992 |
Outraged by the restoration of President Ayaz Mutalibov to power, thousands of Azerbaijanis braved gunfire on Friday to storm the country's Parliament and presidential palace after the former Communist ignored their demand that he resign.
June 7, 1992 |
An angry crowd of war refugees hammered on the barred wooden doors of the presidential palace here, hurling abuse about Azerbaijan's crushing defeat by Armenia in the fight for Nagorno-Karabakh. "There is nobody helping us in Baku. We need houses. Why have you abandoned us?" shouted 34-year-old Rafile Aslanova, a woman who fled on foot last month from Shusha, the last Azerbaijani town to fall to the advancing Armenian forces.
September 9, 1991 |
With ethnic conflict gnawing at its southern fringes and exultant celebrations of freedom in the north, the Soviet Union on Sunday clearly showed the cracks in what was once a Communist monolith. Tens of thousands boycotted an election for president in the predominantly Muslim republic of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus Mountains, protesting the one-candidate ballot as "undemocratic."
April 30, 2000 |
Police with batons beat back more than 1,000 demonstrators seeking to stage an unsanctioned rally in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, on Saturday and detained three opposition leaders. Dozens of people were clubbed, including 13 prominent opposition figures, two lawmakers and five reporters who covered the rally, according to the information center of the Musavat opposition party. At least one person was hospitalized, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency said.
April 22, 2001 |
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.