Rather large protests indeed, but not as many as the opposition expected – they say thanks to police intimidation.
The government of President Ilham Aliyev allowed the opposition to stage a three-hour rally in the outskirts of the capital, Baku. Election officials have ordered re-runs in two districts and one recount.
About 15,000 protesters attended the march and rally, many wearing or waving orange flags in a reference to the success of the “orange revolution” that brought President Victor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine after disputed elections.
The numbers fell far short of the 30,000 to 50,000 the opposition had hoped for.
This could fester.