Loreen in Baku. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix

Eurovision host hits out at Sweden's entrant Loreen

Azerbaijan, the oil-rich ex-Soviet state which is hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest has condemned Sweden's entrant Loreen for what it called the "politicisation" of this year's competition which takes place on Saturday.

Loreen, who competes in tonight's second semi-final, met human rights activists on Wednesday. News agency AP writes that a senior official in the Ilham Aliyev's presidential administration, told local media that the European Broadcasting Union should prevent such meetings with "anti-Azerbaijani" groups.

"The European Broadcasting Union must intervene in this issue and stop these politicised actions," Ali Hasanov told Trend news agency.

Police today detained scores of opposition activists who staged a rally outside Baku's public television station, which is broadcasting Eurovision.

The opposition has used the build-up to the contest to focus on allegations that Aliyev's government jails opponents, persecutes journalists and cracks down on protests and suppresses free speech.

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