Azerbaijani opposition parties have cancelled a rally planned for 2 November saying they fear the government would have used ‘strong provocations’ to disrupt and discredit it. In the days running up to the protest, the government has reportedly used several methods to apply pressure to prevent it.
Two Azerbaijani queer rights groups have reported that several queer sex workers were called to police stations in Baku where they were offered money to hold an anti-opposition rally in support of the police. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan has called the allegations ‘absurd’. [Read more…]