The Mexico City government removed a large statue of a former president of Azerbaijan from a central boulevard early Saturday, giving in after months of complaints by critics who said that Mexico's capital was no place for the likeness of a man accused of suppressing democracy and committing human rights abuses. City workers, accompanied by police officers, arrived shortly after midnight at the little park that Azerbaijan's embassy had paid to renovate. They pried up the statue of Heydar Aliyev, who ruled Azerbaijan from 1993 until just before his death in 2003, and then loaded it onto a trailer and carted it off to a city warehouse. Talks are continuing with Azeri officials to find a new home for the statue. As to whether the embassy wants its money back for the park renovations, the city government's legal director, José Ramón Amieva, told the local news media on Saturday that the city had not yet received a request for reimbursement.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.