“Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”
Some 30 demonstrators attempted to gather outside Baku’s public television center, but police quickly rounded them up and forced most of them into waiting cars.
The opposition has pledged to stage demonstrations this week as Baku hosts the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in an effort to draw international attention to alleged human rights abuses.
Check out @RadioAzadliq’s Abbas Atilay’s photos of a snowy Zoo in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Last week we brought you winter photos captured by RFE/RL’s photographers from several of our broadcast regions. As cold weather and snow continue to envelop Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, this week we present to you photos from a Zoo in Baku, Azerbaijan by RFE/RL’s Abbas Atilay.
But this time we’re letting YOU write the captions. Tell us what you think these animals are thinking as they deal with the cold. Write the photo captions in the comments section on our Facebook page photo gallery!
You can also view the images as part of a sound slide gallery on RFE/RL’s Azeri service, Radio Azadliq’s website. (minus your fabulous captions, of course.)
Atilay’s photographic work was recently recognized and won two awards from a Transitions Online (TOL) photo competition You can see the winning images here.
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