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Police arrest more than 150 in Azeri village

Police arrest more than 150 in Azeri village
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Police officers arresting more than 150 people who were celebrating the Muslim ceremony of Ashura. The ceremonies were held in local mosques.
  • Police arrest more than 150 in Azeri village

Police arrested people taking part in Muslim ceremony of Ashura. After the arrests on 5th January about 500 internal troopers entered the village. Some arrested people were beaten, insulted a kept naked in cold weather. Baku, Azerbaijan. 06/01/2010.

Police have arrested more than 150 people taking part in the Muslim ceremony of Ashura. After the arrests, on January 5th, about 500 internal troopers entered the village. "They beat everyone, destroyed the houses" said the representative of Azerbaijan Peoples Front party, Asaf Guliyev. Baku, Azerbaijan. 06/01/2010.

According to the Radio Liberty Baku office, police arrested more than 150 people in Beneniyar, village in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.
Everything began after the Ashura Ceremony, religious remembrance of people who were killed in Kerbela. The ceremonies were held in local mosques. Police arrested people, who took part in the ceremony. Village inhabitants say that the police used excessive force. Some arrested people were beaten, insulted, kept naked in cold weather.

But this is not the end of the story. After the arrests, on January 5th about 500 internal troopers entered the village. "They beat everyone, destroyed the houses" says the representative of Azerbaijan People Front party Asaf Guliyev.

Now the village is surrounded by Internal Troops. All entrances and exits of the village are closed.

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