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On Saturday, opposition conducted antigovernment rally in downtown Baku, April   2, 2011. Hundreds of protesters gathered near the Fountain Square where Opposition intended to gather all its supporters in this place. Protesters demanded that the government resigns and cried, “We want freedom.”  Police shut down the central Fountain Square and roads leading to the square were blocked by police buses. The police, armed with batons, arrested protesters as they tried to reach Fountain Square, including women, and forced them into buses. Some of the Opposition protesters were beaten and arrested as soon as they tried to reach the appointed place to hold rally. Beside this Police tried to restrict the movements of journalists covering the developments around the square. Opposition says that more than 70 people were arrested during the rally.

That day Human rights defender, chairman of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Social Union, Elchin Abdullayev was around the Fountain Square to observe the situation regarding human rights violations. He condemned use of force against protesters in rally by Police.

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