US embassy in Azerbaijan issues statement

US embassy in Azerbaijan issues statement
# 29 January 2013 15:49 (UTC +04:00)

Police subsequently dispersed a January 26 demonstration in Baku called in sympathy with Ismayilli residents, and several dozen protesters were detained. Two other protests took place earlier this month in or near Baku against perceived abuses by the authorities—one by shopkeepers protesting rent increases, and another by citizens protesting non-combat deaths in the military. In some instances, it was reported that authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse participants,” says the statement of US ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar, APA reports.

“We regret the violence in Ismayilli. At the same time, we encourage meaningful dialogue between the Azerbaijani government and its citizens to address legitimate grievances and also encourage authorities to respect citizens’ freedom of assembly and expression,” – says statement.

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