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Azerbaijani Activists Under Pressure Ahead Of Protest Day

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BAKU -- Youth activists in Azerbaijan say they are coming under pressure over a Facebook campaign calling for a day of antigovernment protests on March 11, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The organizers of the campaign are calling March 11 the Great People's Day and want people to click their approval of the protest as well as gather in different towns and cities across Azerbaijan.

Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, one of the organizers, was arrested on March 4 and ordered held in pretrial detention for a month for violating an order not to leave the city of Ganja while previous charges of evading military service were investigated.

Hajiyev, 29, a Harvard graduate and a former parliament candidate, denies those charges and has linked his arrest to his Facebook activity, about which he was questioned by police earlier on March 4.

Elchin Namazov, a lawyer for Hajiyev, told RFE/RL today that they have appealed the court decision ordering his detention and that his client ended a hunger strike pending a decision by the Court of Appeals.

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