Frontline Club blogger and Global Voices Online author Ali S. Novruzov has reportedly been detained in Baku as the Azerbaijani capital prepared for a planned youth demonstration. Tweets from a reliable source report that at least one other blogger was also detained along with the head of the National Democratic Institute in Azerbaijan, but that they were simply walking on the streets. Updates in the comments section of this post.
p.s: Photos and videos of police detaining youth activists and protesters are available on RFE/RL’s Azeri service:
Still waiting to hear news of Ali, but at least one blogger and most others have been released. Updates so far are below:
RFE/RL reports that 50 people in total were detained, but they have all since been released:
Hoping that news is correct.
Ok, it’s been confirmed. Everybody is thankfully free
Incidentally, three bloggers — Nigar (first) of http://stop-it-please.livejournal.com, Arzu (second) of http://flyingcarpetsandbrokenpipelines.blogspot.com and Ali himself (last) of GV, Frontline and http://blog.novruzov.az — are interviewed about yesterday’s events (in Azeri):