Police clashed with demonstrators on the streets of Baku on September 12, after the authorities banned a march and rally called by the opposition Azerbaijani Popular Front. Opposition spokesmen told the Associated Press that 200 of its followers were injured and thirty arrested. A police spokesman said the number of injuries and arrests were considerably smaller, and that dozens of policemen were also hurt.
The rally had been organized to demand that the government suspend a presidential vote set for October 11. The opposition claims that President Geider Aliev has stacked the Central Electoral Commission in his favor.