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Police raids, aggression and depression: the weekend quarantine in Azerbaijan

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On the morning of June 8, police raided a residential complex in Baku.

People were arrested right from their apartments and taken away, wringing their hands, without even being given the opportunity to get dressed.

The day before, they had thrown garbage and plastic bottles at police officers who were detaining a local resident for violating the quarantine regulations.

This is the result of the “weekend quarantine” in Azerbaijan. On Saturday and Sunday (June 6-7), residents of large cities were forbidden from leaving their homes for any reason whatsoever; even all stores and even pharmacies were closed.

The authorities used this measure to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 infection. Their experiment failed. Home confinement combined with the abuses of power by police provoked aggression, depression and panic among the population.

Official statistics show that there are currently 7,553 reported cases of coronavirus in Azerbaijan. 4,149 people have recovered, 88 have died, 3,316 are still in treatment.

For two days, residents of several large cities and the entire Absheron Peninsula were not permitted to leave their houses, even to throw out trash, walk their dog, or buy headache or heartburn medicine. Police cars poured into empty yards and detained violators, often treating them as dangerous criminals. In addition, the ambulance refused to go out on calls.

Over the course of these two days, social media users posted several videos of policeman chasing after citizens. Closer to night time, some people crawled out onto the roofs of their houses to get some air or even risked going out into the courtyard. The weekend quarantine ended up being very stressful for citizens of Azerbaijan.

On Monday, June 8, everything seemed to go back to normal—public transport had begun working again, as well as all shops, cafes, restaurants, and people returned to work.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked citizens for their “understanding and compliance with the rules.”

But judging by social media, citizens themselves have not yet gotten over the events of the past two days. Footage of “rebellious” residents being detained left many in shock.

11 in total were detained. No official charges have yet been pressed.

“Those who carried out illegal mass detainments in the housing complex must be punished immediately. The long-standing social contract (limiting human rights in exchange for the miserly distribution of oil revenues) is already no longer in effect and the country risks becoming a police state,” says leader of the opposition Republican Alternative Party Ilgar Mammadov.

But the police also have their supporters:

“No one who followed the rules were detained by the police, they didn’t drag them out of their houses. You might think the police enjoy working on Sundays in 35 C degree heat. They are just fulfilling their duty. And throwing trash on their heads is, at the very least, classless,” writes journalist Sabukhi Mammadli.

It is still unknown whether authorities plan to enforce the Sunday lockdown at the end of this week. Whether the police will learn from their mistakes and shortcomings is also unclear.

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Pentagon on lockdown after shooting nearby

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The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station, Report informs via FOX 8.

Officials report several injuries. Three people have been taken to hospitals for further medical attention; one victim was taken by helicopter and the other two by an ambulance, officials say.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) warned people to remain in their offices in an alert sent to all DoD computers and via an overhead announcement, according to FOX News White House Producer Pat Ward.

“The Pentagon currently is on lockdown due to an incident at the Pentagon Transit Center,” the Pentagon Force Protection Agency said on Twitter. “We are asking the public to please avoid the area.”

According to WDVM, the Arlington Fire and Rescue Department reported an active shooter outside the Pentagon, with officials reporting several injuries.

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Fire breaks out near Azerbaijan’s Hirkan National Park

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A fire broke out in the forests near the Osakucha village of Azerbaijan’s Lankaran district, Report informs with reference to the Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Ministry.

The burning territories are bordering the Hirkan National Park.

According to the ministry, the fire broke out in a mountainous area with rugged terrain.

The State Fire Service under the Emergency Situations Ministry, as well as a helicopter of the aviation department, have been involved in extinguishing the fire.

Urgent measures are being taken to put out the fire and prevent its further spread.

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Albania turns to EU for help in extinguishing wildfires

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The head of Albanian General Directorate of Civil Emergencies, Haki Çako, stated today that the operations for extinguishing the flames which have spread rapidly in some areas of the country are continuing, Report informs, citing the Albanian Daily News.

Çako noted that they have also contacted the center for responding to civil emergencies in Brussels, but an aggravated situation is present in other Balkan countries. He stated that troops of the Albanian Armed Forces were sent by helicopter to Karaburun to make extinguishing the flames possible.

"There are many forces from the ground that operate in certain units. We contacted the civil emergency response center in Brussels. Due to the aggravated situation, all Balkan countries have been affected by high temperatures that have also experienced fires. We will continue until the situation normalizes.

The operation has not started today. It has been days since it started. Today it has become necessary to intensify the human resources of the Armed Forces and increase the air force," Haki Çako said.

"With the work done and the increase of resources, we hope to keep the situation under control. Due to the difficult terrain, the operation continued yesterday and today. We intend to stop the advance of the fire," he stressed.

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