30,000 in Azerbaijan March for Democracy, Call on Bush

AZERBAIJAN IS HOPING GEORGE BUSH HEARS THEIR CRIES FOR DEMOCRACY,
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“We want democracy. We want human rights. We want freedom.”
Azerbaijan protesters
November 18, 2005

Signs read, “President Bush, why are you keeping silence?”

A demonstrator wears an orange scarf with the name of youth opposition movement ‘New Thought’ and carries a sign calling out to President Bush at a protest rally over disputed elections in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. Thousands of people gathered in a Baku square Saturday as Azerbaijan’s opposition parties protested against disputed parliamentary elections, the latest rally in a campaign that has made little headway. (AP Photo/Saleh Abdullayev)


Protesters in Azerbaijan again cried out to the US and George Bush with their hopes for democracy as they did in earlier protests this year. (pictured above)

Protest Signs Read: “Bush, why are you keeping silence?”

“We will move towards our goal and achieve regime change,” opposition leader Isa Gambar told the crowd, the AFP news agency reported.

“These elections were won by the opposition. The people won,” he said.

One protester held a poster reading: “Bush, why are you keeping silence?”

As many as 50,000 protested in Baku today for democracy.

Demonstrators hold opposition orange flags and shout at a protest rally over disputed elections in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. Thousands of people gathered in a Baku square Saturday as Azerbaijan’s opposition parties protested against disputed parliamentary elections, the latest rally in a campaign that has made little headway. (AP Photo/Aida Sultanova)

An estimated 30,000 (and up to 50,000) Azerbaijan Opposition protesters took to the streets of the capital, Baku today to march for freedom and democracy:

Up to 30,000 protesters flooded a square in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Saturday demanding regime change and fresh parliamentary elections amid a simmering political crisis and calls for a Ukraine-style peaceful revolution.

“We will move towards our goal and achieve regime change,” Isa Gambar, a top opposition leader, told the crowd.

Demonstrators, many wearing orange clothing and carrying orange flags to recall images from last year’s “orange revolution” in Ukraine, chanted “Step down!” in calls directed at the former Soviet state’s President Ilham Aliyev.

Two previous opposition rallies in the square saw up to 20,000 people attend.

Russian Interfax reported that there were 4,500 protesters.

Russia has backed the Azerbaijani leadership in the polling controversy.

Police beat and arrested around 200 demonstrators today who were marching on their way to the larger rally.

Previous Posts on the Azerbaijan Democracy Movement:
Azerbaijan Protesters Clash with Police
Azerbaijan Demands Freedom!
Azerbaijan Democracy Gears Are in Motion
Ripe Environment for More Democratic Revolutions
Out with the Old, In with Azerbaijan
Flowers, Eggs, & Rocks Fly in Azerbaijan Protests!
US Speaks Out as Azerbaijan Cracks Down
Russia Losing Grip on Ex-Soviet Republics
Eyes on Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Election Test This Weekend
Azerbaijan Votes!
Azerbaijan Cries out for Freedom!

Tomphoon says in Azerbaijan they know who to call and they call him by name.

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