[QODLink]
Europe
Baku activists bemoan Eurovision impact
Forced evictions and demolitions precede arrival of Europe's biggest musical event to Azerbaijan.
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 11:00

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
Topics in this article
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Analysts say China moving back toward 1950s-era public trials aimed at shaming and intimidation.
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
join our mailing list