Protests in Azerbaijan shifted from the provinces to the capital, Baku, on January 26. Police showed little tolerance for the unsanctioned rally, taking dozens into custody, including prominent journalists and rights activists.
The January 26 demonstration in Baku was organized to show solidarity with the residents of Ismayilli, a provincial center roughly 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Baku that was the scene of prolonged rioting earlier this week. The disturbance in Ismayilli was purportedly rooted in mounting frustration over growing economic inequality, as well as the high-handed governing style of regional political leaders.
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Gunel Ahmad is a freelance writer who specializes in Azerbaijani affairs.