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Friday, March 04, 2005



Hundreds of people are reported to have gathered at a cemetery in Azerbaijan for the funeral of independent journalist Elmar Huseynov. Huseynov, widely known for his outspoken criticism of the Azerbaijani authorities, was shot outside his flat in the capital, Baku, on Wednesday. International organisations and foreign governments have condemned the killing. President Ilham Aliyev has warned the opposition not to turn the funeral into an anti-government protest. He said the government would not allow the funeral to become a political campaign. About 1,000 people are reported to be at the cemetery, including government and opposition politicians and journalists' representatives.
I am actually not too hopefull that this will lead to any change in Azerbaijan. I doubt the media will be able to focus enough internation pressure there to make a difference and I expect that the government there will crack down hard if the people step too far out of line. It would be nice though, and the fact that Aliyev is obviously worried about this is a positive sign. Hopefully he will begin embracing democratic reforms on his own, having seen the writing on the wall. (via Instapundit)


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