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Police crackdown sparks riots across the Maldives – “acts of terrorism” say police

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Thousands of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters, led by former president Mohamed Nasheed, have taken to the streets this evening to oppose what they claimed was an illegitimate government established yesterday in a bloodless military coup.

The protests  have spread across the country including the southern Atoll of Addu, where Mayor Abdulla Sodig has been beaten by protesters and taken to the Addu regional hospital. Hithadhoo police academy has also been set on fire, along with approximately 18 vehicles used for training purposes.

Minivan News has received rumours that 250 inmates at Maafushi jail have broken out of their cells and are rioting against the guards. Sources report that police are being deployed to the jail compound.

In Sri Lanka, demonstrations are being held outside of the Maldives Embassy. In the United Kingdom, Maldives High Commissioner Dr Farahanaz Faizal has resigned in protest.

The political chaos was triggered this afternoon after Nasheed rallied MDP supporters, declaring that his resignation had been under duress and called for the freshly-appointed Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan to step down and call for elections.

“Yes, I was forced to resign at gunpoint,” Mohamed Nasheed told foreign reporters after the rally. “There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn’t hesitate to use them if I didn’t resign.”

Nasheed’s supporters then clashed with police and military forces near Republic Square, and were repeatedly tear gassed by the police. Dramatic footage of the crackdown has been shared on social media. More videos uploaded showed police kicking and beating protesters on the ground.

Amid the clashes, a group of opposition demonstrators infiltrated the crowds, attacking MDP supporters, according to witnesses.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed was reported among the injured, and received head injuries during the clashes. He was briefly taken under police custody before being released back into the crowd.

An injured protester

MDP’s former Chairperson Maria Ahmed Didi was also seen “dragged away by by her hair” – her whereabouts remain unknown – while MDP’s Chairperson Reeko Moosa Manik is in critical condition at ADK Hospital.

A Minivan News reporter was injured following what he described as a baton charge by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s ‘starforce’ officers.

“They were beating old women with batons,” he said. “It was just like the old days.”

Photos circulated on social media show heavily bloodstained protesters. There were unconfirmed reports that a woman had died, but the hospitals confirmed no deaths as of 9:00 Wednesday night.

Protests have meanwhile spread nationwide across the Maldives, including Addu City, with reports of islanders seizing police stations across the country.

A police spokesperson confirmed that protesters had been injured. He could not confirm the number of people arrested.

Several youth with head injuries were queued up for x-rays in the waiting area outside the reception area at IGMH.

One young woman who had gone to IGMH with her sister was being treated for a head wound. A gauze wrapped around her head was spotted with blood, and she claimed the wound was still bleeding as she went in for an X-ray.

“The police were just standing there and suddenly we were being beaten with batons and pepper spray was thrown in our face. They threw us to the ground and kept beating us,” she said.

Explaining that she, her sister and most women had joined the party’s “walk around Male” because they understood it was not a violent protest, the young woman said she had never seen indiscriminate beating of men and women on Male’ under Mohamed Nasheed’.

“It was just supposed to be a peaceful walk. That’s why we went, and why more women than usual went. But there was no warning of the attack, no announcements, we were all beaten even after we began retreating. My sister was almost trampled,” she said. “I just think it’s disgusting that the police could beat so many unarmed women.”

A reported photo of a protester taken from Facebook

Meanwhile, MDP MP and parliamentary group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih believed approximately 35 individuals had been admitted to IGMH, with one in the ICU. Hospital staff said several were in serious conditions.

Describing the confrontation, Solih said the group was 20 feet away from the police line, which was not blocked the road, when the police began spraying tear gas, pepper spray, and throwing stones. He believes there may have been individuals behind the police who were launching some of the projectiles, but could not say whether they were affiliated with any political party.

“We are now just trying to collect everyone and see who has been injured,” Solih said, adding “I think [they police] were using more force than was necessary today.”

Solih claimed ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik was in serious condition with injuries to his stomach and back, while MP Mariya Didi was also seriously injured. Nasheed had been injured as well, but is being kept “in a secret location.” MPs Alhan Fahmy and Imthiyaz Fahmy, the party spokesperson, have been taken to jail, he added.

“I didn’t think Dr Waheed would do anything against civilians, I felt he would do something to protect them. But today I saw a totally different situation, and I am not so sure. I don’t think he has any control over the police and MNDF. They’re the ones running the government, Dr Waheed is just a puppet,” he elaborated.

MDP Party Member Omar Razak, Chairman of Works Corporation Limited, observed that the numbers of MDP supporters who turned out today to walk around Male’ trumped those who demonstrated on February 7 during the military coup.

“If we had the numbers yesterday that we had today we wouldn’t be in this situation,” he said, adding that the party members had been up all night with the protests on February 6. He said the party would continue to demonstrate. “They can’t keep doing this, beating people and sending them to the hospital every day.”

MDP Chairperson 'Reeko' Moosa Manik is in intensive care.

Riot squads arrived at IGMH around 6:15, but were replaced by MNDF forces at approximately 6:30. The situation was calm at 7:00pm, however the public was still gathered outside.

No deaths had been confirmed as of 8:00pm.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) was investigating the situation at IGMH at 6:45 pm.

The BBC’s Andrew North, who was covering the riots, reported “an ugly atmosphere in this tiny capital on the sea as darkness fell, with clashes continuing between Maldives security forces and supporters of the former president, Mohamed Nasheed.”

“We witnessed a baton charge by police on crowds gathered outside one of the main hospitals. People scattered as officers sprinted towards them, silhouetted against the lights of passing traffic.

“Inside the hospital, dozens of Mr Nasheed’s supporters are still being treated for injuries, following earlier scuffles in the main square. Among them is Reeko Moosa Maniku, chairman of Mr Nasheed’s Maldives Democratic Party – who was with the former president when the clashes broke out.

“A large head bandage and his shirt bloodied, he regained consciousness as we arrived. ‘The police said they would kill me’, he told us, as they beat me. Another MP was still unconscious in another ward.”

LIVE UPDATES – refresh this page:

7:15 – In a surreal moment, the state broadcaster was reporting on Disney’s financial profits as the protests took hold.

7:23 – Hospitals have been reported locked down and appointments cancelled.

7:29 - 50 people reported hospitalised. Police and army at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

7:31 - Reports of police looting the MDP’s headquarters. MDP supporters have alleged that President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan does not have control of police.

7:37 - A Thimarafushi councilor has claimed that police on the island have sided with the islanders, after they approached the police station. 12 police reportedly work on the island.

7:43 – MDP MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik is reported to be in intensive care in a “very critical” condition.

8:05 – MDP supporters on Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll are protesting against the police. Vehichles and police buidling smashed up, reported haveeru.

8:06 – Police station on Milandhoo in Shaviyani Atoll reportedly taken over by MDP supporters

8:07 – Police station on Velidhoo in Noonu Atoll reportedly taken over by MDP supporters. Seven policeman on duty exiled from the island on a boat, reports Haveeru.

8:08 – Chairman of the Police Integrity Commission Shahinda Ismail told Raajje TV that police had used excessive force. The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has also issued a statement expressing concern.

8:49 – Police released a statement announcing that the current protests have turned into a ‘violent act of terrorism’, citing that protesters are deliberately causing harm to the people and damaging public property, and vowed to take necessary measures to crack down the protesters.

9:02 – Windows at Vili Police Station in Maafanu ward have been smashed. A fight was taking place nearby between several civilians, with only a few police members involved, following the police raid on the MDP camp at approximately 7:45 pm, sources say.

9:03 – Minivan News has learned that Amnesty International will be dispatching a delegation to the Maldives following reports of senior MDP figures being detained.

9:06 - The UK High Commission has a team in the Maldives that called a meeting with all UK nationals this afternoon at a Male’ hotel. UK citizens present were registered. High Commissioner John Rankin expressed particular concern over the reported ‘no-travel’ list, which he said was believed to include several foreign nationals, including at least one UK citizen. He said President Dr Waheed Hassan had refuted knowledge of such a list, but had added that he would respect a court order if it was issued.

9:37 – British Prime Minister David Cameron has said responded to a question from UK MP David Amess, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group to the Maldives:

Amess: Does my right hon. Friend share my disappointment at the overthrow yesterday of the first democratically elected President of the Maldives in a coup d’état? Given our historical links with the islands, will the Government, by way of a message, do all they can to ensure that no violence results and that the democratic institutions remain?

Cameron: My hon. Friend is right. This country does have strong links with the Maldives and a good relationship with President Nasheed, but we have to be clear. President Nasheed has resigned, and we have a strong interest in the well-being of several thousand British tourists and in a stable and democratic Government in the Maldives. Our high commissioner is in the capital now and meeting all the political leaders. We call on the new Government to demonstrate their respect for the rights of all political parties and their members, and to ensure that the constitution is upheld. We advise British tourists to avoid non-essential travel to Malé island, and those using Malé airport and the tourist resorts should exercise caution.

10:01 - Police station, island court and atoll council office reported burnt down to ground by angry protesters in Thinadhoo (pop 6500) in Gaafu Dhaal Atoll.

10:02 – Police stations on Gan and Feydhoo in Addu Atoll (pop 35,000) set on fire. Fire continues to spread, after protesters smashed up fire rescue lorry.

10:03 - Police station and court reported taken over by protesters on Alifushi in Raa Atoll.

10:14 – Confirmed earlier reports that President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has appointed Dhivehi Gaumee Party (DQP) Deputy Leader Dr Ahmed Jameel Ahmed as Home Minister, and Mohamed Nazim from Maafanu Seenu Karankaage as Defence Minister . Both were sworn into the position at a ceremony held at the president office at 8:0opm tonight. Jameel was recently arrested by police under the Nasheed government on charges of hate speech. His party had published a pamphlet in Dhivehi entitled “President Nasheed’s devious plot to destroy the Islamic faith of Maldivians” (English translation).

10:27 - IGMH has confirmed no deaths as of 9:00pm this evening. ADK officials have confirmed to the media that 14 people were brought to the hospital with various injuries. Three have been hospitalised, including MDP Chairperson ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, while the rest have been released after treatment.

10:32 – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Maldivian security forces to protect the country’s media “and to ensure that their rights are respected”, after reports that Nasheed’s opponents had “physically attacked at least one journalist and had threatened to kill another one.”

“After members of the police and army linked to the opposition staged a mutiny and forced the Nasheed to resign, members of the police also stormed the headquarters of the state TV station yesterday and took control,” RSF stated.

“We urge the new president, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, to take immediate steps to ensure the protection and the rights of all media workers, especially the journalists at the state TV station MNBC, who were expelled from their offices by the police,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“Undertakings must be given at once to defend freedom of information or else journalists are going to find themselves exposed to the same circumstances that prevailed before the country’s first democratic elections in 2008.”

After police and soldiers yesterday joined the opposition’s protests, they took control of MNBC – the Maldivian National Broadcasting Commission – and from there began broadcasting the opposition TV station VTV, which they then renamed Television Maldives (TVM), its name during the government of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

11:30 - Protesters in Addu have reportedly set fire to Hithadhoo police academy and 18 police vehicles. Mayor Abdulla Sodig has reportedly been beaten by protesters and taken to the Addu regional hospital.

11:31 - Several sources have claimed that 250 inmates at Maafushi jail have broken out of their cells and are rioting against the guards. Sources report that police are being deployed to the jail compound.

11:32 – In Sri Lanka, demonstrations are being held outside of the Maldives Embassy.

11:33 – In the United Kingdom, Maldives High Commissioner Dr Farahanaz Faizal has resigned: “My conscience wouldn’t allow me to serve a government which had overthrown a democratically elected government in a coup d’etat,” she said. Farah said she has been made the MDP spokesperson for the party in Europe, and intends to remain in the UK “for quite some time.”

“In the last elections, over 25 percent of the vote for Mohamed Nasheed was cast from those nationals residing in Europe,” she said.

11:34 - Maafushi Council has refuted claims that the prisoners have broken out. Minivan News understands that the attempted break out was quickly controlled by prison officers.

11:45 – Military and police have met with press, urging the public to maintain calm and end the vandalism and arson attacks on state and public property.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Didi, who commanded the mndf during yesterday’s events, refuted the claims military forced the president to quit by threatening to use force. He also said that the military never joined the protestors and it was incorrect information: “We never had any role in yesterday’s protest. We tried to protect. But the president voluntarily resigned. We didn’t force him to resign,” Didi said. “There is nobody among us who can put a gun to President Nasheed, and there was no plan to bring down the former president by using weapons. I say this with full guarantee.”

He insisted that the military had not participated in Tuesday’s alleged coup attempt, which saw police join opposition protesters and attack the capital’s military headquarters, and suggested that reporters “ask the police about it.”

12:12 - Police have confirmed that two policemen in Male’ were stabbed, between 9:30pm and 10:00pm, near ADK hospital. Both are reported to be in a stable condition and no suspects have been arrested.

12:24 – Former Assistant Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz, who was dismissed by the Nasheed government, has been reappointed as Police Commissioner. Riyaz had sued the government following his dismissal, and the civil court ruled that he had been unlawfully dismissed. He has reportedly been an active member of the opposition following his dismissal.

12:55 – The state broadcaster has shut down its broadcast for the evening as the political chaos continues. Social media remains extremely active.

1:05 – The coalition of opposition parties formed following the ‘December 23′ coalition to “defend Islam” have called on its supporters to come out to protect the state and public property. The opposition DRP has also condemned the MDP for instigating the protests, to end the rule of the “lawfully appointed” President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

1:15 – Minivan News understands that Mohamed Nasheed is safe with party supporters.

1:16 – The MDP is trying to get its Chairperson ‘Reeko’Moosa Manik out of the country for urgent medical treatment. However immigration authorities are reportedly refusing to allow him to leave as he is on a “travel blacklist” issued by the courts, MDP sources report.

1.19 - According to the former State Minister of Tourism, yesterday “the entire pre-Islamic collection at the National Museum was destroyed by a group who broke in. The incident has not been reported in any media so far. Apparently, the scene was photographed but the museum is under police control now and they are not giving information to anyone.”

2:11 – Amnesty International has issued a statement demanding that Maldives security forces “stop using violence against supporters of Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party, a day after he was forced to resign the presidency under the threat of violence by the military and police.”

“Eyewitnesses told Amnesty International that Nasheed and a large number of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members were marching peacefully through the streets of the capital Malé when police attacked them first and then failed to protect them from a violent counter demonstration.

“Some of the MDP demonstrators were cordoned off by the police in a narrow alley where a mob shouting anti-MDP slogans began to beat them. One eyewitness saw Nasheed’s face covered in blood. He was then seen to be rushed away. Later a video emerged on the internet showing the police arresting him.

“MDP chairperson, and Member of Parliament, Reeko Moosa was first attacked by the police and then a mob attacked him with broken glass bottles. Police reportedly did not stop them. He is in a critical condition from the injuries and is receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of the Indira Ghandi Memorial Hospital.

“At least five MDP members of parliament are detained at the Dhoonidhoo Detention Center. One of the detained MPs, Mariya Ahmed Didi, who had been released from police custody last night was attacked by the police as she was attending today’s demonstration.”

“We are extremely concerned about the latest developments in the Maldives,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director. “The new authorities must ensure the right to freedom of expression and assembly and we want to see an investigation into the attack on Mohamed Nasheed and other protesters. Those responsible for the attack on demonstrators must be brought to justice.”

“MPs and others held in Dhoonidhoo Detention Center should have access to their family and lawyers, and they must receive adequate medical treatment and a thorough and independent investigation should be made into the reasons for their arrest,” added Zarifi. “They should be released unless the government can charge them with a cognizable criminal offense through a fair and impartial process.”

2:48 – Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, is scheduled to arrive in the Maldives on Saturday.

Dramatic footage of the protest and crackdown on Wednesday afternoon:

Footage of police beating a protester filmed from a balcony:

Former President Mohamed Nasheed and former MDP Chairperson Mariya Ahmed Didi being dragged out of a shop by police on Wednesday afternoon:

Al Jazeera reports on the protest on Wednesday afternoon:

Scene in a Male’ hospital, Wednesday afternoon:

Riot police inside the MDP headquarters this afternoon:

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154 Comments on "Police crackdown sparks riots across the Maldives – “acts of terrorism” say police"

  1. yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:30 PM 

    Anni is getting a taste of the same tear gas he once ordered the police to use against his own people. What a laugh :)

  2. yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:35 PM 

    Anni, you are responsible for the injuries of your party people. Why did you have to come on to the streets like this protesting like an animal. You know the people doesn’t want you anymore. It was the peoples choice that you resigned. Yesterday you said you are resigning because you dont want any Maldivian to be hurt, now look how many people have been hurt because of you. You always lie like this. You are nothing but a big liar who is a big danger to the people of this country. Why can’t you just stay quiet until th new President Dr Waheed leads us to the election. Then you can become the president again if the people votes for you. If not, you cant behave like other decent politicians and stay in the opposition.

  3. marie on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:38 PM 

    President Nasheed and all Politicians need to get mature!!! FOR GOD SAKE!! Don’t distroy this country!! President Nasheed Pls stop trying so hard for Mariya, Rekko Moosa and other greedy MP’s and families!! PLS HAVE SOME SANITY!! YOu said you resigned becoz you wanted to aviod bloodshed! WHAT ARE YOU INSTIGATING?? YOU ARE A REAL SHAME TO THIS COUNTRY!! YOU ARE NOW THE SAME RANK AS YAMIN, GAYOOM!! SOMETIME IT FEELS YOU ARE WORSE!! Pls get out of this country and have a decent life!!

  4. RecycleBrah on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:43 PM 

    I weep at the fact that the police use Tear Gas. They are dispersed through the wind and toxify the clean, fresh air. Such acts by the Police is most unbecoming.

    Stay Green, stay safe

  5. bryam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:43 PM 

    Yes, Yasir, and you agree with that; what an a**hole

  6. aa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:45 PM 

    Anni is obviously wants a bloodbath in this country! He should be arrested for causing civil unrest in this country!

  7. Thats Insane on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:47 PM 

    WTF…Back to ” Iron Fist”???

  8. golhz on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:48 PM 

    it took hours for anni government to use tear gas…now it takes just few minutes for police to use tear gas and smash women’s head with batons. did u see anni government using batons to smash citizens head’s?once fili waheed is now General Waheed.i know of someone whose wife was a jaariya to golha and even after years of golha fall,still he is blinded…

  9. dear, Yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:49 PM 

    if you want to laugh so much laugh at this ” it was maumoon who brought and used tear gas first” haha

  10. red rabbit on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:50 PM 

    Yasir you idiot, its was maummon who started it. and today your seeing his star force out there trying to destroy competition


  11. aa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:51 PM 

    Reeko will now what it feels like to get hurt during a protest! He is the who continuously calls to attack, harm, kill people and damage properties of others who opposed him. What a sick man!

  12. Mohamed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:57 PM 

    Anni should have marched the protest yesterday. I thought he resigned well according to his final speech. So….now what?

  13. k on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:59 PM 

    MINIVAN, that is a very misleading photo!

  14. k on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:59 PM 

    I meant misleading compared to the title

  15. sha on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:03 PM 

    Anni never asked people to beaten on the with batons to cause deadly injuries.Tear gas never killed anyone for the information of your your limited brain.Also women were never dragged on roads and old men and children were not beaten.So enjoy and laugh now.

  16. manik on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:07 PM 

    Yasir, Anni never had anyone killed by the Police. He even resigned to avoid a blood bath. This Police would destroy Maldives sooner rather than later.
    I would rather have any civilian government than a military government and Waheed has lost all his legitimacy with this brutal beating of MPs and civilians by his Police Force.

  17. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:11 PM 

    Maldives is in big danger now. What police has done is no more no less heat the army did in Spain when they entered our parliament with guns and open fire. Maldives is in big danger. Maldivians you have to act. Black clouds are now pending on your head. The world is watching you and you have to understand you are in danger as what happened is a treason to a democratic elected government that can only be changed by a democratic action.
    STOP. Don’t be fools. The international media and international secret services knows who is behind this. Tourism is already being canceled. You have to act. You are destroying your country.

  18. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:14 PM 


  19. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:14 PM 


  20. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:18 PM 


  21. Ben on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:23 PM 

    it’s like the 90′s once again. Random arrests, brutality without a warning,no free press..arrogant cops acting like thugs attacking at will.

    Until today I had no fear of being out, but like it was when we were young, Now I fear as I sit alone in my office just because of the location of this office, My door could be smashed by the policed and attacked..and maybe..maybe..later asked whether I support anyone at all..
    What a time to live in..

    Anni wasn’t perfect at all, But at least during his time people like me who are not involved with politics were allowed to BREATHE without fear..

    Now all this fear and it’s not even 48 hours yet…

    I beg the Security Forces,Please why don’t you just shoot everyone in the face like you really want to and let us MALDIVIANS breathe in peace..pls..
    what’s the point in prolonging the inevitable, ha?

  22. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:25 PM 

    Waheed is ruling over a blood bath and barbaric beatings in broad daylight of thousands of citizens of the country. How on earth can he claim “rule of law” has been established???????

    Like me, thousands of people today saw the brutality of a polic and military that we have not seen in this country for 3 years. The last time we saw this was under Gayyoom. Make no mistake. There’s enough video evidence to prosecute and put behind bars every single police/army man who beat up a citizen.

    Live video footage shows helpless people being dragged on the streets, blood pouring out of them and being kicked with police and army boots! Waheed, you’ll never ever sit in an ELECTED position in this country. You’ve clearly shown your true colours today.

    Waheed has chosen the disgraced former army man Nazim as the Defence Minister. This, if nothing else, shows that he cares little for the country. Ask the Sandhurst academy about the conduct of Nazim! He was expelled from that academy which is one of the most prestigious military schools in the world. The bugger dishonoured his country!

    If Waheed and his military supervisors think they can rule this country after a coup, they’ve made the biggest mistake of their lives. 2008 was a point of no return. We will give up our lives to bring back proper democracy to this nation!

  23. ibbe on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:37 PM 

    Police and MNDF ladhu gannan jeheyne. Huvaa kohgen hithu hurihaa vahtharakah thelhey iru gaanoonaa hilaafu veveykameh nuvisney.

    Shame on you

  24. concerned on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:50 PM 

    im calling for unbiased honest journalism…well done..good coverage minivan news

  25. dowie on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:58 PM 

    this had to happen. drunken president only realized that he resigned after his kick went off

  26. shaahidha on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:12 PM 

    Anni tolerated the very dirty protest directed by maumoon except few arrests and they never suffered from any such severe injuries. so what? this human right advocate Dr waheed could not tolerate it for a minute?? huh. what to say? so what? and attacks on haruge, did anni make any of the police or army force to go through or close any of their places?? not at all. so who is more tolerant and who is more human?

  27. zinar on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:18 PM 

    Yasir, worrying that anyone can watch what is happening and say “what a laugh”
    Do you consider what really happened?
    Yasir makes this country sink not the climate.

  28. shaahidha on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:20 PM 

    and it was the police and military who let the ordinary people led by maumoon n his cronies to get into main police station and main military headquarter. n even before that, they allowed Umar Naseer to climb on the military headquarter gate. and yesterday they let ordinary people to police station and made them to carry their shields and tear gas out of the building. so it was THEM WHO MESSED UP THE REPUTATION AND NOBILITY OF THE VERY PROFOUND BUILDINGS. AND IT WAS MAUMOON WHO NURTURED THEM FOR SOME 30 YEARS. ITS LIKE BRINGING UP A CHILD. SO THEY ARE DAMN OBEDIENT TO THEM EXCEPT THOSE WHO CAN THINK THEMSELVES RATIONALLY. SO BELIEVE ME, SINCE YESTERDAY, AFTER LETTING THE PUBLIC MINGLE WITH THE POLICE AND MILITARY AND LET THEM INTO THEIR ‘ MUST BE CONFIDENTIAL’ PLACES, THE RESPECT AND INTEGRITY OF THEM AND THEIR PROFOUND BUILDINGS ARE GONE. and they are behaving like animals. i saw them beating down a 70 year old just infront of me., and i was in tears though i was not there to protest but visiting STO trade center.

  29. ALI on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:20 PM 

    yasir you are correct. i greed that.Mr anni was started that all violence in this country. in his presidency he was got all power to control that all.

  30. fareega on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:22 PM 

    i saw with ma own yes, the military guys all around beating everyone they catch, including women and old people. they were like some sick creatures and they were not at all human. my god, i cudnot believe my eyes…attacking old people on their head, dragging women by their hair and i dont know. it was hard to watch…damn sickos

  31. Bodu Kashi Li buruma on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:23 PM 

    Bloody hell. back to zero again..i am back with my 100 dudes will c u Gulaa force on the street .. lets c who wins again

  32. Ahmad Mirza on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:27 PM 

    Please stop Maldives before it become a security state.

    I think solution is

    1) dail0uges,
    2) judicial inquiry of whole indecent and inquiry commission comprise on law experts and human right experts after the consultation of all stake holders.

  33. fareega on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:40 PM 

    atleast the drunken president didnot allow the notorious ‘maumoon nutured’ police n military to attack the ‘then opposition’ with such inhuman and animal ways. but look at it now. this godamn waheed cudnot control them though ‘the police and military’ is if so ever under his control. it’s like some of these military guys been not able to inflict torture on people since Anni came as Anni never allowed it except rare momemts of tear gases. but today? my god, it was like the psychos who can sometimes not sleep without beating someone is back on the road. YES, IT WAS YESTERDAY THAT I REALIZED THAT WE ARE BACK TO THE DAYS OF TORTURE BY POLICE AND MILITARY. one example, do we know what they are doing to Anni and Maria? and other parliment members and laymen who were arrested inhumanly? tell me and justify otherwise. but when Anni arrested the leaders of opposition during their recent protest, everyone had their phones on and they cud go to an extend that they call the news papers n update but since Annni and others were arrested today, nobody knows and nobody hears from them..not even their bothered family. what the hell is this? i think working in united nations and knowing about human rights have made dr waheed goes all so insane and inhuman with the presidency. perhaps it is excitement but believe me, it is more than chaos, it is torture we are witnessing. extreme torture….

  34. Nelfa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:52 PM 

    this website is biased… totally.
    after all this blog is directly associated with Anni’s brother.

  35. Gi. Joe on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:53 PM 

    We vow to bring Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku and Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Gayoom’s little brother MP Yameen Abdul Gayoom, MP Gasim Ibrahim for treason.

  36. blarghb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:55 PM 

    Power hungry politicians and their friends controlling herds of sheep. There is no difference which party it is. did the security force threaten the bloodbath, or did they refuse an order to carry one out? depends which party you ask. Maldivians will kill for power. It’s happened before and will happen again. There are people who will bring in foreign militias too, some of the people that did this are free and angry at the moment. I hope the sea rises and we all sink, preferably before it happens.

  37. Gi. Joe on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:55 PM 

    Dear President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku, I think 30 years crowd admires you first day at office are you using red ink for signing or is it blood we see on the street.

  38. Sorrow on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:02 PM 

    Dear fellow Maldivians: Lets follow the vice people of Haa Alif Dhidhoo (See: Haveeru update 21:21: According to Haveeru, MDP and opposition party members of Haa Alif Dhidhoo jointly gathered for demonstration near police station and have handed the key of the police station to MDP member. Let’s follow the example, put our differences aside, and unit against this rouge establishment. We the people can reconcile our difference be it an election to decide the outcome. However, we need to restore our freedom and don’t let this rouge militia take our freedom away from us.

  39. Haleema Yousuf on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:04 PM 

    This is beginning of the end of this country. Tomorrow Indian and western forces will take over the county.

  40. Yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:04 PM 

    Anni is the pioneer of violence, protests and havoc in this country. Its good he is getting to taste of what he initiated. Yesterday he said he is leaving because he doesn’t want to hurt any maldivian. Today he is back with his own party people and they have got hurt because of him. What a blatant liar he is, as usual.

  41. Nars on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:06 PM 

    A sad day for Maldives ..but Anni had it coming his disregard for constitution and corruption by his cronies led to this, the sound minded people of MDP did warn of this day..even right now Anni is leading his people to a bloodbath.Stupid stupid people.

  42. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:10 PM 

    Mr Waheed, here’s a simple message. You’ll go down in history as one of the most brutal leaders this country has ever had. On your first full day in power, your hands are drenched in the blood of hundreds of Maldivians!

    You’ve appointed a disgraced former army man as your Defence Ministers. Not only was he kicked out of the army, he was also kicked out of the Sandhurst Academy of the United Kingdom for disgraceful behaviour. Of course, he got the job of Defence Minister for his part in yesterdays’ coup.

    Mr Waheed, you’ve gone from anonymity to ignominy in one single day. Well done sir.

  43. Nars on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:10 PM 

    I hope the new Defense Minister colonel Nazim can bring back the peace and i call him to take a softer line with the protesters and to rein in the police and military..after all blood shed will only need to more blood shed…its time for the new government to work to win the hearts and minds of the people.

  44. Guboa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:11 PM 

    People in uniform you are a disgrace to the humanity.

    Give back the national emblem you wear and go back to the jungles.

    Once again this star force are high on drugs they used during Maumoon’s times.

    What I saw to-day was shear animals in army cloths and police uniform. They didn’t know what they were doing, I am absolutely sure.

  45. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:12 PM 

    @Yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:04 PM

    “Today he is back with his own party people and they have got hurt because of him.”

    Is this how you justify the brutal beating and blood bath on the streets of Male against innocent people? People like you will eat your words one day, rest assured. That day is not far.

    As I’ve said yesterday, the toppling of an elected government will never to lead to a peaceful transition.

  46. zinar on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:14 PM 

    Call Election now, watch instant peace, but also watch the result. The old rule doesn’t want to see an election hence a coup!
    We can trick ourselves but we don’t fool the world, the world is laughing at the Maldives trying for a democracy.
    Yasir you would see blood of children and laugh, it is people like you that laugh

  47. This is Insane on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:19 PM 

    Stop this Massacre!!! F***ing police and army are insane…shame on you…I am not supporting to Anni but for the people of Maldives, Please stop this right now….

  48. sha on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:25 PM 

    Maumoon’s constitution in his very own fist :D

  49. Rafiqul Alam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:29 PM 

    Anni should really start behaving like an ex-president and not like a street thug.
    What a disgrace!

  50. manik on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:34 PM 

    Yasir and Nars, I am no supporter of Anni but you are way off the mark?

    What should Anni do? Do you want him to go and sit in his house? No we elected him as President and it is we, the people who would remove him and not some muscle bound thugs from the Police or Military.

    It is the Police who is destroying this country and leading the blood bath with the connivance of the “traitor” Waheed.

    Anni for all his faults never let lose the military on the ordinary people.

    Anyone who supports this kind of brutality has no place on this Earth.

    We as Maldivians should all join together and get rid of these military thugs.

  51. Rafiqul Alam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:35 PM 

    @ Suvadeeb

    It is no secret that when MDP guys are are out on the streets there is massive destruction of properties and physical injuries sustained by everyone else.
    Sad that people like you have not realised this hard fact even after so many examples the MDP crowd have demonstrated.

    The opposition have protested for 22 nights before Anni resigned. We never saw any violence or destruction by the protesters except on the nights when the MDP was out. Why is MDP so detructive a force?

  52. manik on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:55 PM 

    Alam, The reason is that during Anni’s time as President he did not order the Police to beat up innocent women and children and men. It was the Police who started the beating of a peaceful demonstration.

    I guess from your name, you are a Bangladeshi? Or are you Shuaib Shah, the son in law of Gayoom?

  53. WTF on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:57 PM 

    Well the world shares one thing in common, hatred for the Police

  54. Asif on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:04 PM 

    Maldives is heading for a disaster

  55. Hi on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:19 PM 


    We are writing from Italy. You are a beautiful people and you are a beautiful plase. Please find a democratic solution for your life.

  56. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:34 PM 

    Yasir, Nars and Marie
    Why can’t u guys accept the simple fact that there are people of this Country who are defending their right to vote in their government democratically? Your heroes in the opposition held President Nasheed at gun point and forced him to resign. MDP or not, there are a lot of people in this country who knows how to respect their President, otherwise President Maumoon would have been history long before his 30 years in power. We are angry that the police and military sold our country to the devils and we are angry that our President was held at gun point and we are angry that the police is beating up innocent civilians who were protesting peacefully. Hate President Nasheed all you want but fact is nothing justifies the actions of President Waheeds administration, his allies in opposition parties or the police and defence force. A nation’s curse and anger are on these jerks, they can’t get away this time.

  57. Zak on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:34 PM 

    If it was a peaceful protest, the police had no right to let loose their craze to sate their blood-lust. What a wretched thing it is, to beat down women and old people. Shame on you police. At least Nasheed kept the dogs leashed and such incidents were minimised during his reign.

  58. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:38 PM 

    Dear Dhivehi People. You are suffering !!! We know that in Europe. We know you are going trough very bad times. You are in the news all over. French and Spanish TV are speaking about what is happening. It is time for all of you to fight for democracy and the well being of your country. STOP the riots and implement democracy back or i’m afraid you will get hurt seriously. Tourists are getting scared and cancelations are taking place. Please stop the madness. Your history is being written with blood … STOP it.

  59. amie on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:38 PM 

    Rafiqul Alam WTF is wrong with u. How is MDP the destructive party when they are the ones being tortured. U asshole this isnt abt MDP anymore. Maldivians are being massacred. This is too much. The reason why the 22 nights weren’t destructive wasnt because the protesters back then behaved, it was because the police and military did back then. Wake the fuck up. This is what happens when power hungry assholes get the power. No one is safe anymore.The fucking police are breaking into ppls homes. Say goodbye to freedom of thought again.

  60. ami on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:40 PM 

    Maldives the Home of the Slaves Again

  61. Ronald Dousenberg on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:42 PM 

    Its just horrible to see what is happening now in Maldives. Once a peaceful, tolerant paradise … now turned into a nightmare … democracy and freedom are gone, the Sharia will follow soon, the hunt for foreigners will be open … bye bye Maldives, nice to have met …

  62. Mr. Antonio (Spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:44 PM 


  63. Dave on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:51 PM 

    Anni is a liar.

  64. Iya on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:58 PM 

    After reading the comment by Rafiqul Alam (and those similar to his) I face palmed myself so hard I think I have a permanent bruise on my forehead >.>

    You say that when the opposition protested we never saw any violence. Why do you think this is so? Is it because President Nasheed ALLOWED them to protest, voice their opinion (how wrong they might be, people are entitled to their own opinions — a sign of democracy)? Apparently you don’t seem to think them being able to protest was a sign of decency on President Nasheed’s part.

    We saw today the same decency was not shown to MDP. According to MDP, President Nasheed was forced to resign by the military and they threatened ‘ a blood bath in the capital ‘ if Nasheed did not step down from democracy ( IF he did not step down. Which he did (under force or not). Again, under a democratic ruling he should be allowed to voice his opinion , which he did today. This was followed by the threatened blood bath. From what I have seen on the news it was brutal, cruel, criminal and committed BY the military and not the protesters.

    President Nasheed, with all his faults, never commanded the military to attack the citizens. Atleast I have never seen it nor heard of it. You are welcome to enlighten me if you know otherwise. For the life of me I cannot understand why some people think the violence was CAUSED BY MDP. Yes it resulted because MDP protested. Which they, as everyone else in this country, are entitled to without the fear of retaliation if the country was truly democratic. Voicing their opinion is a right. Free speech is a right. Violent retaliation is on the other hand CRIMINAL, and the crime was committed not by MDP but by the military.

    One more thing. Why do you think the police turned against their president and committed such crimes against the very citizens they were sworn to protect? What was their incentive? I believe it was green, and deposited into bank accounts. Small people with weak characters are easy to sway with a bit of cash. From the the videos I have seen, the police that attacked their own citizens were some of the most small minded, narcissistic people I have seen. Thugs who think their uniform gives them enough power to verbally abuse and create violence that was utterly uncalled for.

  65. amu on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:58 PM 

    Dave, Regardless Anni is liar or not this Police brutality is insane.

  66. Nars on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:02 AM 

    @ Mariyam….why cant you accept that fact that MDP is not made up of angels but of demons..The people burning down courts, government buildings and private property is not the police but MDP activists..the transition was peaceful until the gang of filth hijack it and turned it into a violent confrontation with the military…….Anni is a simple pathological liar leading this country to doom..its time for Maldivian people to come against these people to restore sanity and the rule of law…i am 100% behind the new president and the national unity government but first things first, that is restoring order to the country.

  67. marie on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:10 AM 


  68. Bodu Kashi Li buruma on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:10 AM 

    Kihaa bodu balaa ehy dhan… Golaaaaaa supporters ge eyes tha kobaa.. MDP was just demonstrating peacfully when the police attacked .. like they use to 3 years back.. and you know if very well what happens if MDP is attacked like that … MDP akee randu firihen kulin ulee party ehy noon

  69. Adam on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:12 AM 


  70. amu on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:12 AM 

    @ Nars MDP is not made of angels or demons. But of humans who have their good points and the bad. And as humans they are bound to their faults. No one is perfect. But that be said Anni never forced such brutality on the citizens. U being 100% behind such a government makes me worry abt ur mental health.

  71. Yasir on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:25 AM 

    Lock up all these MDP thugs including Anni and let them never see daylight again. They are ominous for the safety, security and peace of this country. Since this MDP was allowed to operate in this country, we have seen nothing but always violence and fear in this country. Anni is a devil who always prefered to spread violence, terroriism and fear in the Maldives. Just get rid of him and his poodies. Well done MNDF and Police. Bravo.

  72. Guboa on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:25 AM 

    Mr. Hassan please step down and get ready treason charges.

  73. mohamed on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:27 AM 

    ” thee himaayah dhey varuge lhaa eh noon” police to ex president Nasheed.
    I’m doubt that police is working under the ruling of new government of president Dr Waheed , though he said
    ” Nasheed will get the protection ,mention in the Constitution to give for an ex president .”

  74. Giligili on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:27 AM 

    Mr.Hassan enjoy the luxury of governing. haha haha piece of cake ha. haha

  75. Gi. Joe on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:32 AM 

    President Judas Hassan, Please explain to us the “rule of law” and “the constitution” if any thing to go by, I doubt any civil society if will admire your first day in office.

  76. Gay on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:34 AM 

    Oh Yasir, one can only feel sorry for people like you.

  77. Percy on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:37 AM 

    Welcome to the dark ages guys. I too would resign with a gun held my head. Without tourism your country is going to be a total basketcase and I and many others will refuse to visit a dictatorship.

  78. Cash Nashid on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:44 AM 

    Well..we will control eveything and will bring peace and stability to this nation,,, the country will be run by law and order.. but please i need some cash.. anyone around here who can give some…..hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  79. Marc (France) on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:46 AM 

    30 years of autocratic rules should be enough for any country… but the greed ans selfishness of some pple knows no boundaries…
    You all are just destroying the tourism industry and therfore yor economy… Who wants to rule a pile of rubble ??
    Grow up and get the mess sorted while you still can…
    Once too late, what will be the point ?

  80. fahari bin thubulhi on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:49 AM 

    Seyku imran, tell us which government is laadheene

  81. SAAID on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:00 AM 



  82. amii on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:14 AM 

    Saying “Bravo” to this brutality. Who in their right mind is happy by this?

  83. ank on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:18 AM 

    Saaid, u are right the president now is dr.waheed and as such he is the one responsible for what is happening. Not anni. If u had a working brain cell u wud know this

  84. Reality Maldives on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:25 AM 

    The good goervnance you all can see now.

    The opposition are trying to make the ever biggest mistake.They call out their supporters on the street.Chaos do they think they can come and face it.

    Police stated its terrerism – They did start it they are now blaming inocent civilians.Its so funny!!
    You see whats happening around the Maldives.You guys thought you have all the power.please do not have false dreams.You few thugs are trying to fight the public.Can be erased all your powers in two hours as you can see from your eyes.
    Do not make any mistakes again and capture all disobedients in your police service your appointed to service the citizens and you are paid for it.

  85. Mohamed on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:40 AM 

    What did i do?? :’( i support no political party! i dont even support MDP neither PPM , DRP or Adhaalath! but the police broke into my home, saying that my home is one of the MDP activists hide out! and they broke my brothers arm! for gods shake he is resort worker! not an activist! he dont even talk about politics!

    Help us, please help us UN. save Maldivians.

  86. A. Samad on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:44 AM 

    The video footage posted here is disgusting! Is this what Dr. Waheed meant when he said ‘Today the rule of law is established perfectly”. My God!! Are these cops human?

  87. Ibrahim on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:46 AM 

    Any body seeing this. Please please help. The citzens of Maldives now need international help.

  88. 2000ft on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:00 AM 

    The US State Department often takes time before declaring that a nation has experienced a coup, a designation that under US law would require a cutoff of all aid.
    US must act now…and investigate wats going on here.

  89. US tourist on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:24 AM 

    Im flying from the US for vacation, any news on hulhule airport or air taxi service? Should we cancel our trip? I don’t want to make the situation worse by canceling my trip and hurting the Maldivian ecenomy… But is it safe?

    I hope the Maldivian people can maintain their freedom and rule the way they see fit without fear of government oppression.

  90. heartbroken on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:48 AM 

    burn yr hoods n th beirdos nt yr properties brthrs n sistrs, immolate th parsites…th ghasims n thsmEEns…

    oh…u brainless mongrels…u who wud sell yr grandmothers n daughters foR th measly scraps…th beiRdos n ghasims throw tuwards u…

    haha u wud remain mongrels….yrslves, yr progeny, yr ancestors…forever condemnd to beg fr scraps

  91. frankie on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:59 AM 

    US tourist: U’ll be fine.. But I advice not to visit the capital island (Male’). Just take the transfer to ur resort from the airport.

  92. Ahmed on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:04 AM 

    Star force is back with a vengeance.

  93. A. Samad on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:37 AM 

    President Nasheed to President Waheed, “Et tu, Brute”

  94. manik on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:47 AM 

    My country has been destroyed by the Police and the Military.
    If Waheed has control then he should have controlled the military thugs or he would have to face justice.
    Waheed would one day have to travel abroad and trust me he would be tried. Anni may forgive Gayoom but this time we would not forgive Waheed or anyone in the military or Nazim, the Defence Minister nor Jameel the Home Minister.

  95. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:57 AM 

    My advice to all tourists is to cancel your trip to this country. There is an illegal government backed by the military. They’ve shown their true colours today by mercilessly beating ordinary citizens for the mere “crime” of voicing their democratic right of opposition to the unelected government!

    All those who committed inhuman atrocities and their leaders shall be brought to justice. Waheed has blood on his hands on his very first day of office. He shall face trial for the merciless beating and blood of innocent folk.

    The leaders of yesterday’s military coup will face justice too. They’eve got nowhere to run. “Colonel” disgraced Nazim is a thug, through and through! He is a fervent supporter of the former dictator Gayyoom and his appointment as Defence Minister shows who really is in power now. He was one of those behind the coup, and now is giving orders to Waheed, the puppet.

    I thought for a long time that Waheed was a decent guy, but how wrong was I! He has made history by being the first President/King/Queen of this land who shed blood on his first day in office. He’s fully responsible for every drop of blood that was shed today. Waheed, mark our words, you will face trial for this.

  96. Female Unbiased on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:14 AM 

    ‘Hi’ from Italy – I’m guessing you went to the Maldives to stay in a resort? One does not get an insight into the Maldivian culture through a resort. Sadly whilst some Maldivians strive for progress in order to flourish as a nation there are others who prefer power over progress and resort to violence and dictatorship rather than true democracy.

  97. Haleem on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:24 AM 

    let us be very clear about one thing: It is not Dr Waheed in charge, it is Gayoom who is in charge of the government. I didnt think that Dr Waheed was so desperate to be President that he would sell his soul to the devil. Shame on you Dr Waheed.

    Just look at the appointments Dr waheed is making does that not tell you he was working with the opposition to topple this government? What an idiot! This government is not legitimate and Dr Waheed is not our President. if he has any sense he will resign and call for fresh elections.

  98. Ahmed Hashim on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:37 AM 

    this is an article i just gave to the TripAdvisor
    Yes, you should be concerned. However you should get your Travel agent or Airlines Advice also in this matter. Today is the second day of the military coupe a lots of crackdown and there is a lots of public unrest. So far many people are in critical condition and lots fire burning in the Island where the people are living. Safety is very important when you are traveling on a holiday. So my advise to you is to delay or cancel or make other arrangement for the moment. Also please check your countries advise. So far European Union and the United Kingdom’s Councilors are here in the Maldives to protect there tourists and give safe passage back to there homes [ check BBC News Online for an update] As a Maldivian what i see is very bad the last Old Dictator Maumoon’s thugs and some Islamic extremist are out on the streets taking revenge because now they are in power with the Military as they are also in Police and Military Uniforms and helmet so we can’t see there faces that is what some eyewitness have seen

  99. Ahmed Hashim on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:40 AM 

    this is an article i just gave to the TripAdvisor.
    As I am in Male, It is not advisable to travel to the Maldives at this time as there is a Military Coupe and there is a lot of unrest Military and Police Crackdown as lot of people are Severely Injured Hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit So far there maybe some deaths and Lots of Fire and burning out in some Islands

  100. Maldivian in Africa (Suddenly with insomnia) on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:54 AM 

    As I have commented elsewhere, I am not absolving Anni of any mistakes, firstly because I have never been his supporter. An admirer? Aye. A supporter? Nay!

    I have always been a supporter of Dr. Waheed. Now he has proved a disappointment.

    Anni made many mistakes, as any human would. No question about that.

    Nevertheless, I have just one question to those claiming that Anni had to go because he molested our Constitution. Is getting him out unconstitutionally not a molestation of our Constitution? As far as I know, our Constitution outlines clear mechanisms of removing a president we are not happy with. The path we chose yesterday is not one of those mechanisms.

    Do not bury your heads in the sand – what happened was a bloodless coup. Nothing less.

    Two wrongs do not make a right. If indeed a majority of citizens wanted him to ship out, the demand should have been for immediate elections. Citizens select their leader through the ballot.

    As for Dr. Waheed, you have really been a disappointment. If you knew how I held you in high esteem. If you knew how much I sold you to my family and even managed to covert some MDP diehards. If you knew how many of ‘me’ viewed you that way. If you knew….

    But now do you really think you can ever convince objective citizens who are not blinded by sycophancy that you did not run with the hare and hunt with the hounds? If you have even a drop of wisdom, you would know that your ascent to presidency lacks any moral and ethical basis. If you do not call for elections ASAP, you will prove that you are not molded from clay any different from that molded those who tormented our nation for decades.

    You have a chance to prove you are a true leader. You have a chance to show that you possess wisdom. You have a chance to prove that you are not a puppet, a stooge, of Gayoom and his apologists. You have a chance to win the heart of the whole world, let alone our nation. Call for elections and let the people decide. If you really are true in your word that you will uphold the constitution, call for elections and let the majority elect the leader they want – via the ballot.

  101. Hasasah on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:56 AM 

    So if Anni doesnt get protection, why should Maumoon get any?

  102. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 5:16 AM 

    “MPs and others held in Dhoonidhoo Detention Center should have access to their family and lawyers, and they must receive adequate medical treatment and a thorough and independent investigation should be made into the reasons for their arrest”

    Where are the Courts and their judges now? Why are the judges not working through the night to free these MPs and citizens held in arbitrary detention? Why is there no outcry of this?

    Jameel, the despicaple conniving, lying despot has been appointed Home Minister and this is his first round! He was so quick off the mark when the Police even merely took him for questioning only a week ago and got his mates in the Courts to free him in the middle of the night!

    Waheed, you have really, established some “rule of law”. I don’t know where you learned those rules; care reading to us from your book of rules?

  103. mark on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 5:39 AM 

    As a foreign tourist I could limit my comments to asking some questions about my personal security, in case I would decide to visit Your wonderful country again, as someone already did.. but here we are witnessing something much more crucial than the safety of some people who just want to have fun and a sunbath in an atoll’s luxury resort. Disregarding what it’s happening in Malè would be a tipical, superficial behaviour. The main point is: frightening foreign tourism, with many cancellations already ongoing, would focus the world’s attention on MDP’s reasonable protest? Or will it perhaps only affect Maldives economy, increasing troubles? Wouldn’t be better to collect forces and support, even foreign support, in order to drive this sort of “emergency government” to be obliged in short to arrange new elections as soon as possible? Hope to see no more blood spilled by maldivians from maldivians. So many sad images and videos on the web to stay cool and unconcerned, thinking about holidays.. Love to Maldives and all Maldivians from Italy.

  104. John on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 6:09 AM 

    First time I visit Maldives.They call this paradise?It was hell!!!I was waiting for my connection to a resort and I had lunch in Male.Police were running after people and beating them for no reason.I have never seen that before.I am arranging to fly back to Singapore ASAP.

  105. marie on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 6:57 AM 

    President Nasheed was a dictator!! He arrested a chief judge of criminal court for 21 days and no justice served!! President Nasheed is dictator!! he is a brutal dictator! he is a power hungry dictator! He is a very corrupt person!! We don’t care who rule next BUT NOT PRESIDENT NASHEED OR PREISDENT GAYOOM!!

  106. Mariyam on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 7:54 AM 

    Nars, you must not know the definition of demons…well lucky for you since the very demons are out on our streets wearing police uniforms and killing and beating our own citizens. The police and MNDF are like blood thirsty hounds and the new president is hiding in line with his character and the opposition leaders are controlling everything. Jameel and nazim’s appointments prove that this government is going to rule with blood. These people who have hijacked our country today are alive because President Nasheed was a truly democratic President. Like today’s President and people like Maumoon Gasim and yameen, president Nasheed didn’t see a reason to degrade them and beat them and throw them into jail. So it happens Nars you are also a demon for justifying the brutality we are seeing in our country today. And brig didi must have not realised that how the events actually unfolded leading to President Nasheed’s resignation, for him to say that all the protection was given to President Nasheed’s government. Well can’t blame him usually these people are like programmed robots and looks like this time a huge amount of cash did the programming! Shame on all police and MNDF.

  107. nina on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:04 AM 

    Astagfirulahaldzim…….im exteremly sad to see this. do election as soon as possible. That is the best solution.
    People are angry, they are not happy legally elected rulling party is sabotaged by monster whom they called as democracy.
    what democracy, just see, MNBC is still hijacked in the name of TVM…

    Ya Allah, Ya Rahman, Please save this country, amin

  108. c-bag on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:20 AM 

    never seen this much brutality in Maldives. Nasheed is many things but not this inhumane… looks like there is no place for MDP in Maldives and it is so sad.

  109. zaazeel on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:25 AM 

    u better go out there and save your country… if not anni than who do you praise to be the next president… Maumoon?? Yamin?? Qasim or Omar?? based on facts we all know these four people and their allies are stated in minority… we will wait, and its upon us to vote the best in 2013.. today’s events is just a simple example to let the people know, yeah,, still we are the majority in this tiny archipelago…

  110. tuna hunter on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:30 AM 

    What go around come a around, Nasheed is receiving what he dished out previously.

    Arresting judge without trial is as unconstitutional as ousted him.

    Nasheed has no one to blame but himself for starting unconstitutional action.

  111. Asif on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:43 AM 

    Whether Anni is good or bad its the Malvian people who had elected him through democratic means for 5 year term and no matter that verdict should be respected.
    Its disgrace for an Armed forces to place the gun on an democratically elected PRESIDENT and forced him to resign,Damn disgraceful.

  112. Yoga on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:46 AM

  113. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:47 AM 

    I’d urge all Maldivians and their friends who love this country to help bring back democracy once again to this nation.

    We all should gather in this hour of need to help mobilise all that’s necessary to bring back a democratically elected government. We should not rest until that task is complete. We can all help, financially or otherwise. Time to ask what you can do for your country! Time to get rid of the tyrants, once and for all!

  114. Asif on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:54 AM 


    Sister i hope you are not drunk.Anni was elected by people of Maldives through democratic means for a 5 year term and it should be respected no matter whatever your political ideology may be and also if the Judiciary is corrupt Like in the case of that Judge,What are the nation suppose to do?Either remove him or breed a country full of thugs and criminals.

  115. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 9:22 AM 

    @Asif on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 8:54 AM

    Don’t feed the trolls here Asif. There’s no point. Just ignore them. They are here only for one purpose and I’ll let you guess what that is. Ignoring them would be the best policy.

  116. Mohamed on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 9:48 AM 

    police were attacks on protesters were not right so is former president Nasheed’s actions. Nasheed detained a senior judge. using the same police, Nasheed attacked opposition protesters.

    one more thing there has been protests taking place in the Maldives for 22 Consecutive nights u didnt have live updates. why double standards.

  117. Gay on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 9:52 AM 

    Is it not funny that Highest courts of Maldives are not open in the middle of the night and no court orders are issued to free these MP’s and innocent citizens who have been arrested or is it that only this can be done by our super lawyer Azima Schkoor in Abdulla Gazee’s court house.

  118. Gi. Joe on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 9:56 AM 

    Do I look like one who can carry out a coup, That’s unfair. haha, Yes you bloody freak Hassan Waheed, you look like one and you are one, last time when we elected you as a MP for Male’ you sold you sole of the youth of Maldives, Now you damn Judas, Mark Anthony you are a traitor and terrorist, You should be tried for treason.

  119. Radhun on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:05 AM 

    I condemned the act of police and at the same time former Dictator Nasheed is the instigator to yesterdays violence. He lead the crowd to bring down an elected governement just like what he did during Gayooms time.

    I believe Dr Waheed has the ability to meet all party members at the round table unlike Nasheed who only let his party gangs choice.

    Nasheed should be responsive rather than being offensive.

  120. Indian on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:12 AM 

    Waheed has no credibility to rule. At most he can urgently declare elections, under the supervision of UN Force.
    Maldive has turned into a rouge nation, which such kind of idiot police force who pulls out guns to remove a president, and then use batons to bash up its own civilians. The best would be to bring Indian Army in Maldives, and let it allow to disarm these thugs. The Indian Peace Keeping Force shall monitor the election, as well as eshtablish a permanent base there.

  121. justice on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:20 AM 

    The democratically elected president
    Mohamed Nasheed is toppled by hefty bribes to junior police officers and
    low-level military officers. This is confirmed because; the police officer
    giving the interview is the leader of the mutiny. Acting Commissioner Abdulla
    Fairooz is a one of notorious torturer of Maumoon Abdul Gayooms. The torture
    area is located in the basement of the police headquarters in capital Male’. He
    is believed to arbitrarily arrest people for minor offences like passing red
    light and torture them for weeks striping them in naked, sexually abusing them
    and keeping them wet in solitary confinement, Abu Ghraib style. Then send them
    to notorious prison in Maafushi Island for more.

  122. Mariyam on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:30 AM 

    Gasim on VTV promoting his propaganda! What a laugh! He’s even m

  123. RespectDaFacts on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:36 AM 

    People have gotten used to being out in the streets.

    Those who were doing nothing to do all day, finally have an excuse to pretend that they are doing something important.

    Have some respect for your government institutions. The word Maldivian should mean something for all.

    Just mindlessly fighting is going to lead nowhere, and all democratic progress is finishing as you burn your way back into the Caveman era.

    How are you going to pay for fuel once the tourist traffic dries up?

    Only when there is no more money for petrol in the cars and bikes in Male’ will people realize what they are doing.

    Calm down, get together, think about an achievable future together. There is still time to fix matters peacefully.

  124. Mariyam on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:43 AM 

    Gasim on VTV promoting his propaganda! What a laugh! He’s even more stupid than I thought! He’s talking about how the transition in 2008 was peaceful, well damn right, you moron, it was peaceful because it was a democratically elected government by the votes of the people of this country and u Gasim were a part of that government which you quickly resigned from when things wouldn’t go your way! And here you are creating terror and spreading lies! Gasim it’s a joke that you are talking about liquor bottles in President Nasheed’s residence, when you are operating brothels! And are u saying that u don’t drink? Haha! You must think we are all like your blind followers! Fact is you people didn’t anticipate that there would be so many maldivians who would get angry and feel cheated and betrayed by the way you and your corrupt allies have overthrown a government we voted in! Well face it, we are not going to let a bunch of corrupt dictators ruin us anymore, 30 years was more than enough for us even if it’s not for the corrupt cronies like Gasim! And you can hail the police and military as much as you like but fact remains that u have paid them off to betray this country! Shame on you Gasim, you talk about hell and Allah’s wrath, well try and keep in mind that you too will face it for all your actions and that all your money won’t be able to protect you then!

  125. nasheed has turned into a liability on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:46 AM 

    It is true that President Nasheed ushered in hope and democracy into the country.

    However, as any entrepreneur knows, its easier to start a business than sustain it and grow it. Like wise Nasheed is good in bringing change but a total failure in sustaining change and managing it.

    Now he is blaming everyone but himself. First it was Gayoom, then the Judiciary. Now he is blaming the security forces, of which he was the commander in chief.

    A bad workman will always quarrels with his tools. The British should have taught him that.

  126. Mushi Mas on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 10:58 AM 

    All these are happening due to lack of discipline. In the schools students donot listen to the teachers and people do not listen to police or the gov. Now things have gone beyond redumption.Nobody respects anybody. All are selfish and useless. Now the pious peple will suffer ultimately.

  127. Ronald Dousenberg on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 11:09 AM 

    … and we herewith declare the name to be changed into “Maldivistan” …

  128. Derek Postance on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 11:44 AM 

    Be careful that the US and NATO do not decide Maldives needs a regime change…

  129. Gi. Joe on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 11:55 AM 

    “Act of Terrorism says Police” What you have you done Mr. Policemen!!! its called TREASON.

    I call on all the decent people of Maldives to bring Current President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku,Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, his brother Yamin Abdul Gayoom, Gasim Ibrahim, to be tried for treason.

  130. justice on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 11:59 AM 

    The first democratically elected
    president, Mohamed Nasheed is honest patriotic president. He saved people of Maldives from a monster no
    different to Hitler. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was a murderer and a thief. This
    Egyptian trained terrorist was terrorizing the people of Maldives for 30 years.
    If any one criticized his government, they will be arrested and jailed with out
    trail. The paramilitary was given powers for arbitrary arrests and torture.
    Mohamed Nasheed was jailed 27 times and badly beaten

  131. egon on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:08 PM 

    Fully agree with Mr. GI.JOE

  132. attaturk on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:25 PM 

    Mohamed nasheed and his lies will soon be exposed to the World and specially to factions in UK who have been hellbent on promoting him for the past 10 years..dont worry abt it….lying in the midst of the indian ocean this fragile nation has stood the test of time and protected its sovereignity independence and culture much better than its larger neighbours cox we were always ONE, binded by the strong ties of brotherhood peace and love prescribed in islam and were and are ONE family known as the MAlDIVES..nasheed’s dividing and polarizing of the society will not last long as history has alwez proven…these are no coincidences and you can fool some people sometime but not all the people all the time!

  133. Gay on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:26 PM 

    I as a citizen of Maldives,do call so called President of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku step down now. We don’t respect you nor do we recognize you.

    Please go back to your UN job. Your first day at office is good enough for us.

  134. Guboa on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:31 PM 

    This pin head president Mr Mohamed Judas Waheed Mark Hassan Anthony Maniku has no legitimacy to rule us Maldivians. All Maldivian from all walks of life Please join hand to change the regime, plus court Martial the forces as well and clean up the judiciary.

  135. Hi on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:42 PM 

    Please do not believe the old political. They think only the money… Gasim want only to continue his business and want a new president (as Gayoom) for his economic interest.
    Another is Jabir. He must many many million of dollar to the state but continue to open new resort. Why???
    Maybe Nashees is not the best President but the others are worse..
    Your travel toward democracy is long but stop the violence.These are not useful.
    A good day from Italy

  136. Justice on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:53 PM 

    Dear Maldivians
    We have gone back to 30 yrs again, where Maldives was once a dungeon torture chamber, democratically elected president Mr.Nasheed has now shown us what the future will look like, please stand up all Maldivians to free this country from torture and barbaric mentality of the Police and Military, if we don’t stop now this will bring up a dangerous blend to the society where everyone can buy power and money will rule this country, not the wish of the people. For sure History will repeat and now Police and Military is acting like the drug cartels in Mexico. The POWER is out of people’s hands now, its just a game of the rich belonging to Mohamed Waheed Hassan Maniku,Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, his brother Yamin Abdul Gayoom, Gasim Ibrahim and few others who owns 70% wealth of this country. So please clear your Minds from the 30yrs of BRAINWASHING and breath into development and transparency

  137. Mikalo-O on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:56 PM 

    Actions of Police and Military on the night before President Nasheed stepped down and what happened on the 7th clearly shows what really happened. And President Nasheed is right about being forced to resign.

    The massacre at MDP jagaha, before Dr. Waheed took office and the events that followed after Dr. Waheed was sworn in and what happened after the press conference he gave after being sworn in says it all.

    Haleem, are apparently right about you are right!
    Who we have is a real fox in sheep skin! A puppet on strings who would love to move into MULEEAAGE and enjoy a little before he could never know what hit him!

    Some peoples have seem to have polished their teeth to take a deeper bite off us! But it could happen only if Allah is willing!

    Rogue elements within institutions who are supposed to uphold law and order seems to have tagged “SOLD” petty sums. As per the preachings of the many Sheikhs attached to this coalition, it is “Hell fire” they are feeding their families with! Allah forbid!

    If this is JUSTICE and RULE OF LAW the government of the coalition partners is serving as they say; well, law of the jungle is clearly outnumbered and defeated!

  138. earthling on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:08 PM 

    why does media keep repeating that THE people is ONLY those who planned the coup? the then opposition?
    they have always portrayed MDP members or others who supported Nasheed as something less than People of this country? why?
    you saw the numbers yesterday and they are also voices of citizens of this very nation. This nation does not belong to Maumoon.
    And i call all MDP members and supporters to restrain from violence and damaging property. yes we all are very upset at what happened, but if we are to bring this country forward we should be different from those we are trying to change!!!

  139. Y A on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:35 PM 


    I suppose the Europeans didnt talk about it when their imperial powers where running around colonising most of the world in the past & now they dare to comment on what’s happening here? It is easy to form an opinion from watching horrendously biased media coverage but the simple fact is that majority of the people are sick & tired of Nasheed & his cohorts ruling the country with disregard to the Constitution & general public. Good things mostly happen only to people affiliated with that Party.

    The police & military protested to being repeatedly asked to do things against the Constitution. Nasheed first said he was resigning for national peace & because he didnt want bloodshed etc…then what did they do yesterday? Are the police & military supposed to stand back & let them vandalise & destroy this country? Is the only “lawful/rightful government” if its an MDP government? Are the Maldivians only MDP people? Are Nasheed, his fellow corrupt, self-serving philistine cohorts & all MDP supporters always pure & justified?

    This is very much turning into a George Bush-fiasco…”you are either with us or against us”, spreading fear & panic among civilians through biased & misleading Media…

    Maybe getting a robotic army & police would solve all the problems.

  140. Y A on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:49 PM 

    @ Mr. Antonio (Spain), FYI, please find below the definition of “Massacre” from Oxford dictionary.

    massacre (noun)

    1. An indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of many people

    2. informal a heavy defeat of a sporting team or contestant

    verb [with object]

    1. deliberately and brutally kill (many people)

    The military & police has so far not killed anyone & only fought back to defend when provoked…so how is this a Massacre?

    Maybe you should also look up “ignorance” & “Bluff” too.

  141. manik on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:12 PM 

    This whole blaming Dr.Waheed is now not right. Dr. Waheed is now a puppet put there at gun point by the Military.
    He has no choice but to accept the post of President or face the consequences.

  142. malikabubakur on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:40 PM 

    Yaasiru you are a idiot .. dictator gayoom forces are responsible for this .we all need to stand up against this , military bastards

  143. marie on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:43 PM 

    President Nasheed is a dictator! He arrested Judge Abdulla even when UN, Commonwealth and other international partners told him to release him and then go in due process!! BUT HE IS TOO ARROGANT AND PROUD!! THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH TO LOOSE AS MARIYA, REKKO, SARANGU NEEDS TO EAT THE PUBLIC MONEY!! THESE KIND OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN THE PREVIOUS DICTATORSHIP! PRESIDENT NASHEED IS DISTROYED BY MARIYA AND REKKO MOOSA!!

  144. manik on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 2:54 PM 

    Ya, you are an imbecile. I have never seen Nasheed order the Police or MNDF either to beat or shoot any opposition member.
    When all the rioting was going on against him, when Umar Naseer threatened to jump over the wall of Muliaage, he was still free.
    What about when the demonstrators went to the President’s Office? Did he get the Police to shoot them or beat them? NO.

    This Judge is not a Judge but a JUG. He is not fit to sit on any bench. Let alone in a Court of Law. He is a disgrace to Maldives. I am not a member of MDP but I also will join them if they want to bring back democracy to Maldives like the majority of the Maldivians here.

    Nasheed has been ousted in a military coup and all he is now asking for is an election now. What is wrong with democracy in Maldives? Or are you part of the corrupted regime who has organised this military coup?

  145. Ali on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:07 PM 

    Dr waheed does have a choice. he can resign and call for elections.

    let the people decide who shall lead this country. Not the opposition and the military

  146. Y A on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:40 PM 

    Manik, pray tell us whether you were standing next to Nasheed when he was ordering the military to take action?

    I’m no fan of Jameel, but why was Jameel alone arrested for defaming Nasheed & MDP government? Reeko, Musthafa, Mairya, Alhan, Ali Waheed & so on has publicly defamed & accused the opposition numerous times without proof, we have seen this from videos of their rallies & when they go on air…why weren’t they arrested?

    Why should there be a double-standard for MDP members? Corrupt self-serving members like Reeko, Mariya & Alhan has done whatever they want, whenever they want & said whatever they want regardless of law or basic human rights. Several cases against MDP activists were suppressed…i am a witness of one such case with 5 additional witnesses & proof & the case was suppressed. I even received threats…& yet you call this a “democracy”?

    The Judge may be the next thing to Hitler & a disgrace, then why did Nasheed & MDP people create so much havoc over the death of Ewan Naseem, a drug-addict who defied islam & defiled Holy Quran? Wasn’t he a disgrace to islam as well as Maldives? But even he deserves a fair trial & so do the Judge…where was his human rights when he was taken custody in the wee hrs of morning & hidden away for more than 3 weeks without any trial…

    This reminds me a lot of Maumoon’s regime that Nasheed & his comrades fought against & swore to change…I voted for Nasheed, because i thought he had the potential to build this country & bring a change for the better…but i now tremendously regret my voting.

    So Mr. Manik, next time before calling someone an imbecile, maybe you should look at facts rather than biased media & “he said-she said” & try critical reasoning for a change.

  147. Kamaladasa on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:22 PM 

    Mr. Nasheed, during his tenure as a president of the Maldives, did everything to consolidate democratic set up. Remember, he had so many factors to look into. It was Gayyom’s rule for 30 long years left the country into shambles. People of Maldives were not educated Politically and they knew only to throw stones and use box cutter knives. Given the situation, Nasheed tried hard since November 2008 to educate the people about democracy, rights and duties, etc. But the Civil Servants and the Judiciary who were benefited by the Gayooom’s regime did not like the new changes and created much trouble to Nasheed. The opposition as well as MDP MPs too politically immature to do any good business in the Parliament. International community failed to educate the elected representatives and the people in general how to participate in a democratic set up and how to obey the constitution. Nasheed should have been allowed to complete his term in the office and the Civil Servants should have joined him in his effort of Nation Building. It is the religious extremists element in the Maldives did not like his policies. Hence the downfall.

  148. aisha on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:35 PM 

    Rememeber never will and never can the wrong doers succeed..You Brutal Police justice will be brought..GOD is there..
    President Nasheed was elected with Majority..people of the Maldives selected him..Presidnt so far did whats right for the country..we want the Traitors like Judge Abdulla to be brought to justice..

  149. Ali on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 5:10 PM 

    YA you forget the judge stoppedthe JSc from investigating him with a High Court Order. So tell me how this man was to be tried?

  150. heartbroken on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 12:15 AM 

    My Dear Maldivians, please understand what is happening to you………

    Many of you the most lovable people I have ever had the luck to know. Believe me.

    The elite class of Maldives is using deceit, force, and religion to control and exploit you. They want to be in the government only to protect their businesses. They have no interest in making your lives better. Still you people elected many of them to power when you got democracy.

    Nasheed is an exceptionally brave and selfless man who tried to bring reforms to help the common man. He stood in the way of these rich men trying to protect his people, and so the elite class want him destroyed at all costs.

    Instead of supporting him with your lives, some of you have sold your souls for the measly scraps thrown at you by these cunning businessmen. You have shamelessly resorted to malighn and slander Nasheed. You have turned against your own brothers and sisters with guns and batons. You have sold your dignity, reason and freedom for a few lari.

    Is your soul only worth a scrap? Would you rather be controlled and exploited by the elite, rich businessmen and continue to be mindless slaves, living in ignorance, illiteracy and misery for generations?

    Think about it my dear friends. Do not betray yourselves, your children, and your own people. If democracy returns, elect to power and support only those who want to serve the people. Please, please do not give one vote to those who want to make you slaves for their own benefit.

    That is why the Anni govt could not make any real progress. He was sabotaged every time by those elite crooks you yourself elected.

    If you ever get another chance to vote, don’t make the same mistakes again.

  151. Shafeea on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 1:22 PM 

    I call on the Judicial Services Commission to investigate Judge Abdullah and bring him to trial.

    It is the failure of the JSC to carry out its constitutional duty as the Watch Dog of the Judicial System that created the breakdown causing all this violence against our people.

    I call on Parliament to investigate why the JSC has failed to bring rogue judges into line. Parliament has to take responsibility for the lack of integrity of the Judicial Services Commission.

    I call on the Supreme Court to do what it has failed to do, to bring the critical changes we urgently need to alter the structure of the JSC, to dismiss the current commission, and to appoint people who have no vested interests in keeping corrupt judges on the bench.

    I call on the Parliament, the Supreme Court, the UN, EU and the Commonwealth to investigate the events leading to the resignation of President Nasheed.

    We Maldivian citizens want the truth. Until we have the truth, we cannot accept this government as legitimate. The International community cannot stand by and allow our people brutalised, our judiciary hijacked, our Parliament paralysed, and democracy to be killed off.

    Bypassing our constitutional structure to dismiss a President, i.e. impeachment and forcing a President to resign through violence is a slap in the face of our efforts towards democracy.

    Now is the time for you to demonstrate to the world that your organisations walk your talk and have the capacity to support real change in the fledgling democracies of the world.

  152. WTF on Sat, 11th Feb 2012 8:54 AM 

    If the people who burnt down the courts and police stations are arrested, so should the police officers who used brutal force

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