It seems that whole Europe observed events in Azerbaijan, starting in Ismailli on 23 January and then moving to recent protests in Baku, held on Saturday 26 January.
The protest in central Baku was a response to events in Ismailli. The gathering was organized via Facebook, the same as the one connected with the death of the Azerbaijani soldier. The beginning was planned for 3 pm, 26 January, at Fountain Square. As it was written on Facebook:
“…the protest has not a political character, which means it is organized neither by any organization nor a party. The protest will be carried out against the brutal treatment of civilians by the police, and support human rights”.
The slogans of the protest read: “İsmayıllı yatmayıb Qeyrətini satmayıb;İsmayıllı oyaqdı,Bakı ona dayaqdı” (Ismailli is awake, Baku is its support)”.
Most of the participants were from opposition parties or organizations. Baku’s central streets were full of people and police. The clashes between civilians and state forces seemed inevitable. Several protesters were arrested and/or fined. Famous blogger Emin Milli, who also participated in the event, received 15 days of detention.
23/24 January: Riots in Ismayilli
The full list of arrested and fined can be found on Khadija Ismayil‘s Facebook page.
— Emin Milli (@eminmilli) January 26, 2013
— IRFS Azerbaijan (@IRFS_Azerbaijan) January 29, 2013