Baku activists bemoan Eurovision impact

Forced evictions and demolitions precede arrival of Europe's biggest musical event to Azerbaijan.

    The Azerbaijani capital Baku will be hosting the final stage of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.

    Authorities in Azerbaijan have made the contest a centrepiece in efforts to make Baku an international cultural capital.

    Activists say the government has spent a record $100m dollars  on one of the world's longest-running and most widely watched musical events.

    Even so, local residents have reportedly been forced out of their homes to make way for "city beautification", with around 4,000 apartments demolished and up to 50,000 people evicted across the country .

    Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Baku.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.