Mexico: Mexico City's government removed a bronze statue of Azerbaijan's late leader in the dead of night Saturday, after critics said "no gracias" to a monument for a man accused of human rights violations.
The large likeness of former president Heydar Aliyev was whisked away from the capital's Reforma Avenue while a new home is found for it elsewhere in the city.
The embassy of Azerbaijan had paid $5 million to spruce up two city parks and place the statue in a corner of the sprawling Chapultepec Park in August.
But the statue's appearance angered rights activists who said it had no place in a city that boasts monuments for figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Critics say the former KGB officer was a strongman who cracked down on dissent, jailed opponents and stifled the media during his 1993-2003 rule.
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera had announced on Tuesday that the statue would be moved elsewhere, following the recommendation of a panel of foreign policy experts.
The city government expressed the "greatest respect for the people of Azerbaijan" and said that dialogue would continue with the embassy to find a final home for the statue.