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By Tatevik Hayrapetyan

BAKU. - The Azerbaijani authorities continue to exert pressure against their citizens in order to somewhat reduce their religious tendencies.

As case in point, capital Baku’s mayor, Hajibala Abutalibov, banned his employees from praying at the workplace, Qafqazinfo.az website informs, referring to its sources.    

It is noted that the mayor “caught” several employees praying, and this infuriated him. He subsequently decided to ban praying at the workplace. “The mayor considers praying at the workplace to be a violation of the law and order. Anyone who violates this decision which was adopted inside the City Hall will be dismissed,” the website informs.   

Also, Baku’s Yasamal district’s community mosque, which served as a place of worship and education for fifteen years, was closed.

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