Two men were arrested while playing football on Kan’ditheemu island in Shaviyani Atoll during President Dr Waheed Hassan Manik’s visit on January 26, one of whom remains in police custody.
Police have cordoned off the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s protest site, ahead of a rally this evening led by former President Mohamed Nasheed.
“The airport is in very bad shape right now and work is needed on the runway, all of which cannot be done without finance,” said former Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Shamheed, backing the Adhaalath Party’s criticism that nothing had happened since the eviction of GMR.
Amd rising diplomatic tensions with its neighbour, Maldivian nationals have found themselves queuing outside the Indian High Commission in Male’ to obtain medical and other visas for travel to India.
“The political elite lead privileged lives and have no idea what is going on here,” said DRP Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef.
“The CNI report was a whitewash. It wilfully excluded testimony of police and army leaders – the very people best placed to ascertain whether the transfer of power was legal or not,” former President Mohamed Nasheed has claimed of the Commonwealth-backed findings.
The Guardian’s article on police brutality in the Maldives “ludicrously” infers that Scottish police trainers “somehow influenced them to behave in that way”, writes retired Scottish Police Superintendent John Robertson.
Adhaalath Party representative Hussain Wafeer told Minivan News today that while suspected MDP supporters did not physically attack its members during a visit to Thulhaadhoo, sand was thrown by members of a crowd.
An official from within the Indian High Commission has denied reports of overnight queuing, adding: “Some people had come in the morning a little early so there may have been a slight queue then, but was no overnight queuing. If a problem does arise we will find a solution.”