Azerbaijan: Protest at Iranian Embassy broken up

Police in Azerbaijan prevented activists from gathering in front of the Iranian Embassy on Wednesday to protest the alleged persecution of ethnic Azeris in neighboring Iran. It was the second time in a month that authorities prevented such a demonstration at the diplomatic mission. Some 20 members of the National Independence of Azerbaijan Party tried to approach the embassy in the capital, Baku, holding banners calling for the unification of Azeris in Azerbaijan and Iran. Police seized and destroyed the posters and briefly detained five activists. Officers did not use force and did not prevent the demonstrators from reading a statement at a spot farther from the embassy.