Maldivian police break up massive opposition protest

Maldivian police break up massive opposition protest

Maldivian police break up massive opposition protest

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 Nov, 2015 | 6:17 pm

According to the Maldivian media, police have broken up a mass opposition protest after thousands of protesters broke confinement and headed to the streets of the capital Male in defiance of the severe restrictions placed by authorities.

The Maldivian media reports add that after protestors headed out of the artificial beach area, police had blocked off all roads leading away from the area and that after protestors clashed with police in riot gear, police asked protestors to leave the area immediately after declaring that the protest was no longer peaceful.

However, Maldivian Police later said no arrests had been made during the breaking up of the protest. MDP said several protestors including members of the party leadership had sustained injuries and are being treated at the privately-run ADK hospital.

The MDP adds that the continuous protest will carry on for 73 hours 13 minutes which is the time period that they have allotted for the Maldivian government to meet their demands including the immediate release of jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed, the release of jailed former defence minister Mohamed Nazim, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party president Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and 1,700 other political detainees.

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