Azerbaijan protest over barrack death is broken up

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POLICE in Azerbaijan arrested dozens of protesters who rallied against violence in the military yesterday, firing water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

The protest was one of a series triggered by the death of a conscript, Jeyhun Gubadov, on 7 January 7 at a barracks. His death added to a string of other non-combat deaths in the military in recent years.

Human rights groups accuse President Ilham Aliyev, of rigging elections and of clamping down on dissent.