Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Bread and Stone Faces: Contributor Daria Vaisman was at the opposition rally just outside of Baku, Azerbaijan Wednesday. She was concerned that it might turn violent, because in the past the riot police have used force to break up public protests. But this time their behavior mirrored the iron discipline displayed by the guards outside of Britain's Buckingham Palace.

"At one point, I was inside a grassy circle with protesters and the perimeter was circled by riot police. I spotted a vendor selling bread. Between the cold and the activity, I was kind of hungry. In fact, a bunch of us had been discussing what to do about dinner," says Daria.

"So I called out to the vender, and to my surprise he responded. He squeezed between two riot police and handed me the bread, and I handed him 2,000 manat or about 40 cents. The police didn't budge. They didn't acknowledge us at all."

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