The evening of 14 July in Baku (Azerbaijan) hosted the meeting, where participants expressed support of the army and demanded to declare mobilization in the country amid the ongoing armed border conflict with Armenia. It is reported by Azerbaijani portal Turan.az.
According to the newspaper, the rally was attended by tens of thousands of people. They chanted “Karabakh is ours”, “the Glory of the army,” “Soldiers, forward!”, “Commander, declare a mobilization”.
The rally was held quietly until about four in the morning on 15 July, a group of demonstrators broke into the Parliament building. After the police ousted protesters from the National Assembly building, using batons. A few people (the exact number not reported) were arrested.
In response to the use of force, protesters turned over a police car. After that, the police used water cannons to disperse the remaining square of demonstrators.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
In 1991 with support from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan. This led to the fighting, which lasted until 1994. The armed conflict ended with the signing of the Bishkek Protocol on ceasefire and a ceasefire, but from time to time between the parties clashes. During the conflict in the region killed more than 30 thousand people.
Azerbaijan considers Nagorno-Karabakh to the Armenian-occupied territory.
A new round of escalation on Azerbaijani-Armenian border started on 12 July. According to the version of the Azerbaijani side, the units of Armenian armed forces for the capture of positions in the Tovuz direction attempted attack with artillery. The Armenian side claims that the servicemen of the Azerbaijani armed forces attempted to cross the Armenian border in the direction of Tavush and grab a foothold.
July 13, Azerbaijani defense Ministry informed about the capture of the strongholds of the enemy. At the same time, the Armenian defense Ministry reported about “provocative actions” of the Azeri side. Azerbaijan reported the death of four soldiers, 14 July – about seven, including major General Polad officials; Armenia – about the two dead officers.