Warming up for Eurovision in Baku

Herewith, a belated update to my earlier pieces (1) noting the campaign of forced evictions in Baku in aid of the last minute construction of a venue for the forthcoming Eurovision finals, (2) pondering the extent to which the European Broadcasting Union may wish to reconsider its essentially passive response to these acts, and (3) speculating on how much of the rest of Azerbaijan’s current rash of human rights violations may also be related to the music contest.

More recently, I stumbled across Human Rights Watch’s revelation of how the local press is likely to fare when they are so indelicate to cover such abuses in neighborhoods where they live, whilst wearing clothing clearly indicating they are journalists:

Approximately 20 policemen and SOCAR security guards attacked (journalist Idrak) Abbasov, beating him with fists and kicking him until he lost consciousness. Abbasov was taken unconscious to the Baku Hospital No.1, with multiple bruises and hematomas and blood all over his face.

 Light your fire, indeed.
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4 responses to “Warming up for Eurovision in Baku

  1. For a fascinating historical overview of the failure of the Eurovision contest to be as apolitical as it aspires to be, check out SparklyPrettyBriiight:
    http://sparklyprettybriiiight.com/a-darker-shade-of-glitter-eurovisions-political-underbelly/

  2. Pingback: Few signs of Spring in Baku (and less in Strasbourg) in the leadup to a tainted Eurovision final | TerraNullius

  3. Pingback: Europe, stop voting now! The Eurovision contest returns to a democracy | TerraNullius

  4. Pingback: Breaking news – Dissident arrests, police abuse and mass evictions in downtown Malmö by Swedish Eurovision hosts | TerraNullius

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