Meanwhile, protests continued in the capital Male’ and the website of the Indian High Commission in the Maldives was hacked and a message displayed stating “Give us Nasheed or we kick the embassy!”
Fahmy told the Supreme Court that he was dismissed because he had refused to decrease the number of civil servants to 15,000 from 32,000 and because he had raised his voice to reinstate the salaries of civil servants.
MDP Spokesperson Imthiyaz Fahmy dismissed the remarks made by the government-aligned parties, claiming that their respective leaders were desperate to eliminate Nasheed from the upcoming presidential election.
“I cannot believe, in fact, I do not at all want to believe, that there can be anyone with views opposing that of the government. There should be no opposition parties. Everyone should have the same views. There can, however, be parties created to hold the government accountable,” stated Ibrahim Didi.
Nawaz told Minivan News on Monday (February 18) that certain acts performed by protesters over the last few days – including setting fire to a police vehicle – “could be classed as terrorism”.
The Judiciary Media Unity confirmed that the Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court has now issued a new arrest warrant, ordering police to produce Nasheed in court on February 20 at 4:00pm.
By morning, Nasheed – as far as anyone knows – remains in the high commission. Diplomatic relations between India and Maldives, if reportedly strained, are still being observed.
By taking refuge in the Indian High Commission Nasheed has taken the upper-hand for perhaps the first time since the coup, writes Ibrahim Maiz.
In contrast to Friday night’s protest, where 55 people were arrested following clashes with police, demonstrators last night took part in a “seated protest” in the intersection between Majeedhee Magu and Chaandhanee Magu.