Turkish authorities deport 40 Azerbaijani oppositionists who had taken part in protests
About 40 Azerbaijani citizens were deported from Turkey for participating in mass protests in Istanbul and Ankara. Deported Azerbaijanis were oppositionists, and they actively participated in the riots, reported Engin Satypoglu, the representative of the General Directorate of Migration department of the Istanbul police, the Azerbaijani portal "Haqqin.az" says.
"In connection with the fate of the 40 Azerbaijani detainees, the Turkish government sent an official request to the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Turkey. In its turn, the Azerbaijani side stated that your Government has nothing to do with this issue, and the Turkish authorities can apply any punishment against the detainees. But we decided to simply deport them from the country," Engin Satypoglu noted.
As the portal notes, it became known that the Azerbaijanis that were deported from Turkey were activists of opposition parties in Azerbaijan.
The street protests in several cities in Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir and Konya) still continue since the end of May.
Demonstrators protest against the plans of the government to construct a shopping and entertainment complex on the place of the Gezi Park in Istanbul. Opponents of the construction of the shopping center claim that Gezi Park is one of the few green spaces in the center of Istanbul. The protests began as rallies of local environmentalists. But the protest quickly grew into a demonstration of dissatisfaction due to the policy of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party. The police use violence to disperse the protesters. 5 people were killed in clashes, and about 5 thousand were wounded and injured.
In the beginning of June a rally of solidarity with the protesters in Istanbul was held in Baku. Azerbaijani police dispersed the protesters who had gathered in front of the Turkish Embassy in Baku, calling to meet the demands of the demonstrators in Istanbul. It is noteworthy that during the protests in Istanbul the demonstrators raised banners directed against Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, with the slogan "Aliyev, you are the next!"
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