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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Mobs Clash Over Azeri Poll




BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Opposition rallies in the Azeri capital turned bloody over the weekend when several opposition leaders were attacked by a mob and beaten. Among the victims was former President Abulfaz Elchibey.


The attacks Sunday came one day after police broke up a rally in Baku with riot sticks, injuring at least 18 people. Azerbaijan's political opposition has been demonstrating for months against the country's authoritarian president, Heidar Aliyev.


Aliyev won re-election last month in a contest boycotted by most of his leading opponents, and denounced by international observers. Demonstrators have been demanding that the results of the balloting be struck down.


About 15,000 people rallied Sunday.