Azerbaijan Cries out for Freedom!

PROTESTERS DISPLAY “MR. BUSH DON’T FORGET US!” SIGNS AT RALLY,
VIDEO HERE

THOUSANDS PROTEST FOR DEMOCRACY IN AZERBAIJAN!
VIDEO HERE

Wearing Orange for Revolution, the People of Azerbaijan want Democracy and are calling out for support from “Mr. Bush!”!

An opposition supporter shouts slogans during a protest rally in Baku November 9, 2005. Opposition protesters angry about their defeat in Azerbaijan’s parliamentary poll massed in Baku on Wednesday, call on President Ilham Aliyev to step down. (REUTERS/Jeyhun Abdulla )

One sign read: “President Bush, don’t fail us now!”

Protesters with a large Azerbaijani National flag and opposition orange flags, are seen during a rally in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. Some thousands of protesters marched through Azerbaijan’s capital on Wednesday, answering the call by the main opposition movement to come into the streets to defend their right to free and fair elections. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

After international observers declared major flaws in Sunday’s election, the people of Azerbaijan held a huge demonstration today:

Thousands of protesters set off on a march through Azerbaijan’s capital on Wednesday, answering the call by the main opposition movement to come into the streets to defend their right to free and fair elections.

The protest was the first test of the opposition’s ability to mobilize supporters following last weekend’s flawed parliamentary elections, and the movement hoped it would generate unstoppable momentum.

The banner reads, “President Bush, Please Help Democracy in Azerbaijan!”

An Azeri protester holds a sign reading ‘President Bush, Help democracy in Azerbaijan!’ during a rally in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005. Thousands of protesters marched through Azerbaijan’s capital on Wednesday, answering the call by the main opposition movement to come into the streets to defend their right to free and fair elections. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

An estimated 15,000 protested the election in Baku, the capital.

Opposition supporters march with the giant Azeri flag during a protest rally in Baku November 9, 2005. Opposition protesters angry about their defeat in Azerbaijan’s parliamentary poll massed in Baku on Wednesday called on President Ilham Aliyev to step down. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

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!

Publius Pundit has been following the situation in Azerbaijan closely. Robert Mayer has an update on the situation today.

The Registan has been covering Azerbaijan (and has troubling news about Uzbekistan today).

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