A life spent in protest

By Parviz Majidov


79-year-old Jafar Bakhshiyev attends almost every political demonstration in Azerbaijan. A photo where he interacts with policemen has become one of the most widely shared photos from a recent unsanctioned demonstration in the center of Baku. As political demonstrations have not been seen on the streets of Baku for many years, the October 19th rally, in a way, served to break the silence of fear that dominates society, according to Bakhshiyev. Rally footages are taken from BBC Azerbaijan and RFERL.

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