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Police used Provocateurs to Halt Demonstration to End Violence Against Women in Baku

Police used Provocateurs to Halt Demonstration to End Violence Against Women in Baku
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09 March 2019 - 19:51

A march organised in Baku, Azerbaijan, to end violence against women was halted by police, who confronted the demonstrators and pushed them towards a metro station, footage filmed on March 8 shows. According to the event’s Facebook page, the purpose of the march, organised to coincide with International Women’s Day, was “to liberate society from patriarchy and to make the voice of women heard for the end of the hegemony of men.” The group also said that “every year 100 women are victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan” and that the demonstration was to fight against sexual violence and domestic abuse. However, police officers prevented the demonstration, forbidding the mainly female protesters from meeting at the Statue of the Liberated Woman in Baku, where the march was supposed to begin.

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