Clashes between Azerbaijanis and police took place in Dagestan
Clashes between police and Azerbaijani citizens, who could not cross the border due to the coronavirus pandemic, occurred at a temporary accommodation point in the Derbent region in southern Dagestan. During the riots seven policemen were injured.
According to Fuad Shikhiyev, head of the Derbent region of Dagestan, last night Azerbaijanis received a list with the names of 120 people who were allowed to cross the border through the Yarag-Kazmalyar customs checkpoint and return home. But the lists that are being formed by the Azerbaijani side did not include everything, which outraged people. “This is where dissatisfaction and unrest went”, the head of the district noted.
An unauthorized camp with Azerbaijanis stuck in Russia is located near the village of Kullar of the Derbent region on the border with the Magaramkent region of Dagestan, TASS agency notes. The Magaramkent district borders directly with Azerbaijan. In the camp, tents were deployed to accommodate 360 people.
According to the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for Dagestan , approximately 400 Azerbaijanis out of 600 in the camp participated in the unrest. They tried to block the federal highway "Caucasus", threw stones at the police and used "violence" to them. As a result, seven police officers were injured.
Some of the protesters went to the border, but they were dispersed by the security forces, using batons and tear gas. As a result, several people were injured, the Rain television channel notes . In the video that an eyewitness sent Rain, the sounds of firing are heard. According to the source, security forces fired into the air.
Rasul Temirbekov, senior assistant to the head of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee for Dagestan, said that, according to preliminary data, seven policemen were injured and five official vehicles were damaged. A pre-investigation check is underway, ”Interfax notes . Currently, the situation in the border area is calm.
According to Svetlana Gannushkina, chairman of the Committee for Refugees and IDPs, a regional public charity organization for helping refugees and internally displaced persons, in an interview with Radio Sputnik, there is only one way to stop such unrest in Dagestan: send people home:
- There should be an initiative on the part of the state, which should take its citizens. This is above all. They need to go to a meeting. On the other hand, I understand that labor migrants are mainly people who came to the border from Moscow, and the capital is now the most serious source of infection. They are afraid, but measures must be taken and their citizens taken away.