So reads one of the posters, a group of young Azerbaijani activists held up in short flashmob style peaceful protest. The aim was to raise some of the concerns they had regarding government budget spending and corruption especially in the fields as education and health care. One poster called on the government to pay more attention to one of the regions where recently have flood damaged much of the area.
Anonymous comment was placed under the article on the protest on Radio Liberty Azeri service saying: "I would like to ask, does these youth attend classes? what are they doing on the streets during the class hour? as far as I can see, they all look like students. I am 100% sure that now they will blame the teachers and the books. Change and knowledge is only possible with educated minds, not with four posters!" adding "you are so funny guys, really funny" at the end of the comment.
True, knowledge comes from educated minds but if education system in Azerbaijan functions on bribes and little knowledge transfer, then what knowledge can we talk of here? Perhaps this "Anonymous" individual went to another university in another country because as far I as know, to learn something in our universities is like winning a battle. Teachers who actually do teach are small in numbers and those students who are ready to learn have to go through a lot to get good grades.
And one tiny tiny additional comment, just because they look young it doesn't mean that they all must be students. But thats another story. This blog post is about the protest itself and I want to congratulate all those who took part in it. I liked the colors and liked the aim. Too bad no one else joined, I guess that would mean that people are satisfied with everything?!
Here are some photos from the protests (thanks to Mehman Huseynov) and footage: