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Maldives government changes in dramatic scenes after police elements join opposition protest

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Vice President of the Maldives Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan has been sworn in as President of the Maldives following the resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed in dramatic circumstances at 1:00pm today (February 7).

President Mohamed Nasheed appeared on ‘Television Maldives’ (TVM), and issued a brief statement this afternoon:

“I resign because I am not a person who wishes to rule with the use of power. I believe that if the government were to remain in power it would require the use force which would harm many citizens. I resign because I believe that if the government continues to stay in power, it is very likely that we may face foreign influences.

“I have always wished the citizens of this country well, now and into the future. I have made this decision and I wish for your prosperity in this life and the life after.”

The President’s resignation comes after elements of the police and 60-70 officers from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) sided with opposition protesters and attacked the MNDF headquarters early this morning.

Minivan News at 8:00am on February 7 observed a group of 400-500 opposition protesters, interspersed with blue-shirted police officers, assaulting the MNDF building in Republic Square.

At the height of the violence there appeared to be no police riot control presence in the square. Military forces with riot shields held back the crowd at while soldiers in gas masks used grenade launchers to fire tear gas canisters from the turrets of base into the crowd.

“This government is over!” yelled a middle-aged man in a shirt and tie, dodging a tear gas canister. Several confronted Minivan News.

Younger rioters threw water bottles and rocks at the building, breaking windows. Another picked up a tear canister and attempted to hurl it back into the compound.

There were mixed reports that the military used rubber bullets to control the demonstrators. Minivan News only observed tear gas canisters being fired as of this morning, and the government at the time denied using rubber bullets.

The wind quickly dispersed the tear gas in the large open area, blowing south through the city.

Outside the main square the streets were as calm and quiet as a typical Male’ morning, as the school run began. Students walked through the hazy streets south of the square holding their clothes to their faces, and were handed water and paper towels by teachers at school gates.

At 10am this morning Minivan News observed military units protecting the President’s residence, and sirens as police units from other parts of the city converged on the square.

A government spokesperson this morning confirmed that “some elements within the police have not obeyed orders, and military and police are working to restore order.”

“The opposition has been calling for the police and military to mutiny and join the mob in bringing down the country’s first democratically elected government,” he said.

Opposition protesters and police supporters subsequently took over the Maldives National Broadcasting Commission (MNBC) and began streaming VTV over the station. The channel was later rebadged ‘TVM’, its name under Gayoom’s government. Opposition party leaders and MPs are giving interviews on TVM, interspersed with patriotic songs, news reports and live footage of Nasheed’s resignation and the Vice President’s appointment.

Subsequent to the rebranding of TVM, a government spokesperson told Minivan News the Maldives was in the throes “of an attempted coup”.

President Nasheed subsequently gave a press conference and announced his resignation.

Vice President takes over from Nasheed

Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan was sworn in as President this afternoon. Following his appointment Dr Waheed addressed the nation on TVM, and said he was grateful to the police and MNDF who had made “great sacrifices” to defend constitution.

“Today is the day the rule of law has been established in the country perfectly,” Dr Waheed said.

“I will not order the police, military or any person to do anything against the law – I promise it to the public. Everyone will have the protection of constitution and laws.”

Dr Waheed also said the President and has family would receive protection under the law.

“I call upon all political parties, the Maldives National Defense Force, and the public that this is the time to put aside personal hatreds and jealousies, and prioritise to work for the interests of our nation. And I ensure that we will work to restore peace and prosperity of the nation, to deliver a harmonious and peaceful living to the people.”

Police attack MDP headquarters

A group of police, believed to be affiliated with a ‘starforce’ unit under the former government, reportedly refused to obey an order after dispersing a crowd of opposition protesters at the artificial beach last night.

Minivan News observed a group of protesters and police with batons running south towards the tsunami monument just after midnight, before returning to the artificial beach.

Shortly afterwards, a group of up to 10 people in police clothing attacked the MDP ‘Haruge’, headquarters, smashing some glass.

Following incident at the Haruge, a rogue police unit reportedly arrived in Republic Square and was monitored by MNDF officers. The police were reportedly joined by further officers.

Minivan News is currently seeking confirmation that the home minister was attacked in the violence last night. Former MDP Chairperson Mariya Ahmed Didi and senior MDP figures are reportedly being treated in hospital after a stab wound, and there were reports of both police and MNDF officers being treated for head injuries in hospital.

TIMELINE February 7:

10:40 – Minivan News has observed that a large group of MNDF officers have joined opposition demonstrators in Republic Square. The President was reported to be still in Male and under military protection. The opposition is claiming he has been arrested, but the government has disputed this.

10:45 – Many shops and businesses, including the Bank of Maldives, have temporarily closed branches in Male’.

11:01 – A government source confirmed that they were aware that a number of MNDF personnel had joined the demonstrators. Minivan News observed 60-70 uniformed officers.

11:12 – Opposition protesters and rogue police have taken over the Maldives National Broadcasting Commission (MNBC) and are streaming VTV over the station. The occupiers have reportedly renamed it TVM.

11:22 – The headquarters of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has been set on fire.

11:36 – The MNDF personnel who joined the protesters were reportedly given the opportunity to leave if they wished, but were forbidden from taking weapons.

11:41 – The opposition aligned protesters have been issuing President Mohamed Nasheed ultimatums to resign – Minivan News was told 11:30am and 2:30pm by different sources.

11:47 – Government spokesperson confirms country is undergoing attempted coup, after state broadcaster hijacked.

12:13 – President’s office denies widespread reports that Nasheed has resigned. There is a press conference scheduled imminently at the President’s office.

12:32 – Minivan News observed no situation at the airport, contrary to earlier rumours circulating around Male.

12:54 – President’s Press conference is yet to start.

12:56 – MNBC is now showing as TVM, the name of the state broadcaster under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

12:58 – Press conference has started.

1:19 – President Nasheed announces resignation, stating that his remaining in power would require the use of force against his own population, and he was not willing to do this “foreign influences”. Minivan News is currently clarifying his statements in English.

2:55 – Another press conference has been announced and is expected to start shortly.

3:00 – Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan is due to be sworn in as the 5th President of the Maldives, according to the rebranded Television Maldives (TVM).

4:38 – Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan is addressing the nation on TVM, praising efforts “police sacrifices” to protect the constitution and law.

5:00 – Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Abdulla Mohamed, has been reported released.

6:31 –  The mood in Male’ remains tense. Maldivian Democratic Party supporters have been thin on the ground today.

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137 Comments on "Maldives government changes in dramatic scenes after police elements join opposition protest"

  1. rambe on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:01 AM 

    Let’s wee out those extremist police elements from police and employ those who have universal value. The rejection of some hardcore islamist police was expected in the face of hardship and when the time of their loyalty required they would definitely sideline with useless rowdy people. Hope the majority of Police and MNDF is highly disciplined force, otherwise Anni better leave this moronic crazy people and let the Mullahs go back to Stone Age with this fanatic society. Or call for a new election to see what the majority is after.

  2. Hameed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:13 AM 

    Finally some objective reporting from Minivannews. Thanks JJ

  3. NO SIR on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:22 AM 

    NOW THAT DONT WORK…. EVERYONE SAID “NO SIR”…

  4. Rafiqul Alam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:47 AM 

    Looks like its a matter of hours before the president resigns.

  5. Sasat on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:02 PM 

    Thank god, all over

  6. aa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:03 PM 

    I salute our brave police and military officers! They are our national heroes!! We need to change this corrupt, thug style government immediately!!

  7. Mohammed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:06 PM 

    President Nasheed resigned. Qasim and Yameen won. Adhaalaath bless the country.

  8. R on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:12 PM 

    This country is going down… seems for once your former President Gayyom was right when he said: “Maldivians are not ready for democracy!”… so now you will have him back, congrats, well done…so stupid!!! Now you’ll have demoCRAZY!

  9. hameed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:13 PM 

    JJ the game is over! pack up n go home!

  10. Ahammadhu on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:14 PM 

    Breaking news:
    http://dhiislam.com/eng/6792

  11. basher on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:17 PM 

    @Rafiqul Alam, @aa, @Mohammed
    Well if it was said on VTV, it must be true :-)

  12. ML on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:29 PM 

    Pr.Nasheed had an excellent chance to make history on being elected to office. Sadly he forgot that he was elected as the President of Maldives, and that his priority was all the people, not his Party. I’ve been saying this for 3 years.

  13. aa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:30 PM 

    Anni should now know he cannot continue to make orders against our constitution to the army or police against. HE SHOULD KNOW HE IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW! SEND HIM TO JAIL!!

  14. Skipper Squadra on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:31 PM 

    This news is misleading… Gave Over JJ N Minivan

  15. Rinzy on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:43 PM 

    Thank god its over.

  16. shanas mohamed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:51 PM 

    This is the time to show the unity of the country men even u guys working police or army it doesn’t matter because u all try to protect the nation then don’t shoot your own people help them to save the country democracy good job army and police who joined with people i salute them ..by the name of islam we must stand for our rights ALLHU AKBAR……….!

  17. Mariyam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:51 PM 

    Looks like this country and it’s people want to go back to the dark ages with Gasim. Can’t imagine how we can be so blind, today our uniformed officers have sold their loyalty to the Country to Gasim and his likes for god knows how many millions and self interest. Shame on all those in the police and defence force who let their country and it’s people down. I am a Maldivian and I want my government to be democratically elected.

  18. Sabina Manik on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:52 PM 

    Sadly Papa Gayoom was right indeed: we are not mature for democrazy at all. Wait and see all of you foulmouthing President Anni…you are in for more chaos than you can imagine with your limited brains!!!

  19. ilovemymaldives on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:55 PM 

    ALLAH gives the position of leading people to whomsoever ALLAH deems worthy.Nothing can change that..hope our country survives this without further loss of lives or property..INSHA ALLAH

  20. Man on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 12:58 PM 

    hehe. stopped updating?

  21. ADHAM on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:03 PM 

    BYE BYE MINI VAN
    JJ GO HOME

  22. sim on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:18 PM 

    Government is the great fiction,
    through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody
    else.
    -Frederic Bastiat
    oh no I said too much….

  23. Saleem on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:24 PM 

    We should appoint umar naseer as our next President

  24. Rinzy on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:26 PM 

    @JJ – Nasheed did not state that “his remaining in power would require resorting to “foreign influences”. Please do not misinterpret.

  25. stupid maldivian on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:35 PM 

    stupid maldivians!!..
    ashamed to be one today..

  26. observer on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:56 PM 

    Iran wanted more too…now they get all the stoning and hanging the could ever wish for. Enjoy.

  27. willman (UK) on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 1:59 PM 

    You stupid people! You have overnight destroyed your tourism industry which took years to build up.

  28. Exhale on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:02 PM 

    HOPE MINIVANN NEWS DOES NOT RESIGN

    WE WILL MISS LOTS OF FUN

  29. tsk tsk on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:06 PM 

    Ignorant and lazy Maldivians. Without the guts, stamina and knowledge to fight for their hard won democracy. Welcome Mullahs and Corrupt bastards like Yameen and family. VP Waheed you can enjoy the fruits of your deluded dreams.

  30. Exhale on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:07 PM 

    The first order of business for the next president should be to make an announce to international investors that Maldives is NOT sinking.

    That underwater dive is a shameful act that has made Maldives an international laughingstoc

  31. Egon on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:08 PM 

    Stupid Maldivian – I regrettably salute ur comment . We are indeed first class idiots

  32. Bodysuit Hijabi on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:13 PM 

    Any news on what happened to Eva, other MDP figures and some senior police officers who were badly beaten on the streets by the ‘Police’?

  33. sha on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:17 PM 

    the lazy police want to sleep at home,that’s why they turned against the president,a little bit of work was too taxing for them,they need to eat,sleep and rest,that’s why they forgot to serve the country and joined the citizens in creating terror….

  34. nix on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:23 PM 

    @stupid maldivian : Agree totally. Today i’m ashamed to call myself a Maldivian. Wonder seriously how people can be so dumb and not see what is good for them and what is bad. The last 3 years we have received more than what we have in the 30 years prior to that. Proud of president Mohamed Nasheed – a man of true democracy.

  35. Circus on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:26 PM 

    Lack of education and awareness leads to this sort of chaos. What next?

  36. Ilyas Ahmed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:27 PM 

    I told you so – end of comment

  37. Maree on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:35 PM 

    Such a cowardice and foxy coupe. How can the “excuse” of “not obeying to Nasheed’s unconstitutional orders” be justified with what the same mutiny police and military did be said to the burning up of MDP Campaign office? Or the brutal manner in how these “traitors” went into places and beating the public including OLD people and women who LOVES DEMOCRACY? How could they do such things “if they were so HONEST to God and the nation”?

  38. dvd on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:38 PM 

    they knew they could not win through the ballot…

  39. fauzee on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:43 PM 

    those who wrote against islam will be captured. JJ will be hanged. Insha Allah.. yaameen rasheedh will be jailled.. insha allah.

  40. Ben Plewright on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:51 PM 

    This only proves that Anni truly has an extremely high moral calibre after all, he has sacrificed his own power for his people’s welfare, and, he has truly risen in the grand Universal scheme of things. In the grand moral scheme of things, He did not step DOWN! He, stepped UP!

    He has expressed true self sacrificial Mercy. He has expressed that which only the highest of mortals can express, true love for humanity. He has achieved the greatest achievement a human being can express, he has become, through his choice of choosing his ideals over his hunger for power, he has become something greater than a President, he has done something incredible? He has shown me he cares for the people more than he cares for power, my estimation of him just went up a thousand times, and for any who really understand how great he has become in a spiritual sense, he will forever be above ANY maldivian President EVER!

  41. aareyy on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:54 PM 

    lol. ppl still talking about mullahs here. u ppl are either too narrow minded or just plain delusional. and Minivan spreading news its a coup as though it was against the ppls wishes. this is just too much.

  42. Ben Plewright on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:57 PM 

    That stepping down was a huge effort, the grandest expression of the true spirit of Jihad al_naffs I have ever seen from a politician! This was massive, a beautiful act of self sacrificial mercy which took all the courage, the moral fibre which any human being could possibly ever muster.

    Now Anni can go on to strive for something much greater than the Presidency. As a President he could never promote freedom, no President can for reasons I have discussed. He can go on to strive for freedom, and now, he is truly a GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT LEADER.

  43. Mariyam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:01 PM 

    Really ashamed to be a Maldivian today. In his resignation, President Nasheed has proved that he values the safety and security of this Country rather than holding onto power. May Allah bless you President Nasheed and give you the strength to continue your fight for democracy. Shame on Police and MNDF. There’s no respect left for these uniforms anymore.

  44. Fathun on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:09 PM 

    @ Ben Plewright on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 2:57 PM

    I TOTALLY AGREE. He’s a TRUE HERO. He did bring a lot of good to the people against ALL ODDS – from the former dictators: (1) Judiciary (2) Parliament (3) Civil Servants (4) Police/Military. All of these were HINDERING to each and everything Nasheed was trying to convey to the people. A

  45. Bikram Krant on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:10 PM 

    An elected leader being deposed by a group of policemen….simply disgusting

  46. Sinhalese Man on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:25 PM 

    I taught in the Maldives many years ago. When I heard that a coup was taking place I was reasonably confident that there would only be a very limited amount of violence. Ben Plewright is spot on. All Maldivians must be grateful that ex-President Nasheed is, above all else, an idealist. He did make horrible mistakes in running the country. I hope learns those lessons that he has now been taught, and that he will get re-elected about five years from now!

    For now, you Maldivians, mind your fragile tourism-based economy! And beware of religious extremism.

  47. Reality on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:26 PM 

    With all due respect to the feelings of our beloved brothers and sisters in MDP, for whom today is a sad and heartbreaking day, I recall how our once beloved “Hero”, who was undeniably a “fighter” for greater rights, whom we -including me- elected in 2008, had to face such an undesirable fate cause of the egoist, selfish and arrogant cronies surrounding him. Shame on you reeko moosa manik, shame on you maria didi, shame on you ibra……..etc. MDP should and must fight back by reorganizing their ranks and “walk the talk” to avoid dominance of one political ideology

  48. Mariyam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:32 PM 

    Ben, u said it, President Nasheed has proven that he is indeed the People’s President. There is no leader in the opposition who would resign from presidency to protect this Country. In fact they were willing to fight for power at any cost! You are truly our hero President Nasheed.

  49. End Game on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:34 PM 

    Hey guys, instead of praising anni and trying to make him a hero, first confirm if he ordered to shoot the police and protesters with live bullets or not in the dying moments of his presidency? I have reliable information he did order.

    That was the final blow and the moment the MNDF decided to change the regime. Subsequently and agreement was reached between all opposition leaders and anni. Anni personally called opposition leaders to assure his safety.

    Why aren’t you guys asking the big question of why the President and Police Commissioner did not give in the the one and only demand of the police? Their demand was President and Commissioner to ensure that they don’t have to follow unlawful orders. Why they could not ensure that? What was the big picture of anni? Operate outside chart until 2013?

  50. Mr. Antonio (spain) on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:36 PM 

    Maldivians : you should not be ashamed. I saw similar situations In every country that move to democracy . It is time now for you to show how much you love your country by kerping up and fight for democracy to be installed. It hard, it is painfull, it is sad, yes indeed. You have to glue together now and recover. The world has their eyes on you . The tourism have their eyes on you.there is only one road to development: democracy. Gayoom was wrong as otherwise we could not be in power. It is time to go out to the streets and defend democracy. It is time to show how much you love Maldives.

  51. sambacake on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:40 PM 

    I still love you Anni. There, I’ve said it. Fuck everyone else.

  52. Ahmed Basheer on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:41 PM 

    Yes, it is a sad as well as good news. Nasheed tried to bring out moderate Islam in this country but it was not liked by the opposition, who ruled the country for 30 long years enjoying all the comforts. It is a good news that people of Maldives and the international community is watching how Nasheed sowed the seeds of democracy and brought out much needed reforms in the country. At this stage every Maldivian MUST work. Take up any decent work, earn, spend and contribute towards the aim of Nation Building. It is the Maldivian people who can say “we do not want any expatriate workers in our country, we shall do all the work, we will learn, endure and teach our children to be self reliant.” Maldives is rich in Tourism as well as Fisheries, the wealth and income belongs to those Maldivian who work hard and share the income. It is better to be a Muslim, it is still better to become a moderate Muslim. Let us all have a place in our hearts, for the people who belong to other religion. It is said that by being tolerant towards other religion and learning about other religion, one can enhance the knowledge about his own religion.

  53. Rose on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:48 PM 

    This is a truly sad day for any Maldivian with a working brain cell. I am so proud of President Nasheed~ may Allah bless u

  54. Aisha on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:49 PM 

    Dear Nasheed, Indeed you have given us hope last three years, You tried your best in the midst of vultures.

    I really urge you now to join hands with all the rational thinking Women and Men of this country to bring Justice to this country.

    Without it our future is hopeless,

  55. Aisha on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:53 PM 

    Dear Ben, Maldives will never ever see a greater President in our life time.

    We will know what we lost when we seriously loose it.

    Mr. President Nasheed, for me you will be my hero for ever.

  56. Gi. Joe on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 3:59 PM 

    There is no one of Prsidents Nasheeds caliber below him, he is way beyond our time. May Allah Protect him.

    Where this country will go from now on is everyone’s guess.

    Get ready to eat dust.

    Traitor Dr. Waheed, Call for an election immediately.

    All those who took part in the protest should not wear the nation emblem or the uniform they were suppose protect and respect.

    They should be expelled.

  57. Toa Samoa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:04 PM 

    My heart cries out for Maldivians. They will need a lot of soul searching to see where exactly they are steering this fragile and vulnerable nation. Continued unrest and turbulence will threaten the very life blood of the economy which is already under stress from the looming European recession. The people need to rally around a leader who would rise above party and petty politics and do whats best for the country.

  58. Jake Russell on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:19 PM 

    Does this mean the lunatics have won? Will Israelis, pork and alcohol be banned from the resorts? Will the new government turn the atolls into deserts and put thousands of Maldivians out of work? Or will the Maldives rebrand itself as a destination for Islamic tourists?

  59. Ronald Dousenberg on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:25 PM 

    Maldives back to the medieval times, bearded men, veiled women, police and army in charge of the country, corruption again, people in prison, all freedom fucked … you scare the hell out of me, i don’t think we will ever come back to what was such a peaceful and tolerant country.

  60. marie on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:27 PM 

    GAME OVER!! BUT a new game begins!! Lets see if Dr.Waheed could play this game safely!! Or he gets caught between his family, PPM, DRP and MDP!! Lets wait and see!! Mariya and Rekko Moosa had learnt a good lesson!! Let this day be a lesson for all!

  61. Rehendi on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:35 PM 

    This maybe the last time we maybe allowed to freely express our support to you President Nasheed, so let me say I am proud we had somebody like you to lead us even for a brief moment….

  62. Spartian on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:40 PM 

    Majority of these ppl responsible for this day are savages with little to no education and no discipline whatsoever. U ppl cudnt recognaise a good thing if it walked thru ur front door.

    President Nasheed is truly amazing, humble and a genuine person. We will never see a more deserving president.

  63. Democracy-Forever on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 4:42 PM 

    The armed forces / Military of Maldives betrayed a Democratically elected government and took control of MNBC and the government and handed it over to the opposition in a Military Coup.

    Could someone please explain to me, How they changed the name of MNBC to TVM within 10 mins, and under which constitution or law of Maldives, is this Legal?

    Are we back to Dictatorship or what?

  64. Yasir on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:01 PM 

    Great day for Maldives. There is an end to every tyrant. We saw what happened to Hosni Mubarak, Ghaddafi and now we say it for Anni. Anni should be glad he is still alive. When a leader orders to harm his own people, it never works, he won’t stay in power for long. MN, I guess your days are also over. Anni is no more there to shut all the private channels and let you and MNBC to broadcast whats happening in this country. Get ready to pack your bags and leave.

  65. Ali on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:09 PM 

    I pray Almighty Allah that this country remains peaceful and not to be another Somalia. History will repeat itself as the security forces were unable to contain 100 thugs, what a shame on them and could any president rely on them??? may be today or tomorrow , how about the day after???

  66. stupidity is contagious on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:10 PM 

    YAY to all ur stupidity. Now elect Umar Naseer and go to blood baths over absolutely NOTHING.

  67. Mr. Antonio (spain) on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:22 PM 

    Dear All: maldivians and foreigners, living or not in the Maldives, all Maldives lovers. It us time for action. Regardless wich President should be in power it is time for us all to let the MaldivianGoverment know that we all are with the maldivian people in their fight for democracy. Lets write as many as we can comments favoring democracy on minivan, comments against extremism, comments agains dictatorship. Let’s help the Naldivian people know we, democratic people are with them. Please joint me on this page supporting democracy anf fight dictatorship. Lest’s ask all the friends of Maldives around the world to write, let’s cry laud and clear our support to the democracy. Let’s make the maldivian people understand they are not alone. Minivan please send our comments to the new governent. Maldives cannot go back. Let’s send as many comments we can and stand up with Maldivians in such dificult momment. Pleae write and tell your friends to write. Let’s joint our forces.

  68. aa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:30 PM 

    LOL @ Democracy-Forever. Do you know that government was controlling the state media and broadcasting MDP propaganda on it all this time? Government were ordered to hand over MNBC to MBC by the court as per the law of the country and they didnt follow it. So army and police actually freed, us taxpayer funded state media! We should be thanking them!

  69. SHLO NAIVE KIDH on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:34 PM 

    Wonder what the Majlis Members who changes colors will do now.

    After one year we should judge Mr Nasheed on his Resignation Speech.

  70. aa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:34 PM 

    This is great day in the history of Maldives. The corrupt MDP rulers should be procesuted and pay for their crimes. Reeko, Raazi just to name a few, prepare for your corruption scandals to open up! By the way, why hasnt Minivan news reported anything about the bottles of alcohol found by police at the president’s official residence today? So much for self proclaimed ”independent” news eh?

    http://www.sun.mv/15109

  71. peasant on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:45 PM 

    A coup de’tat is being hailed by the marauding lunatics as a “victory for the people”, fantastic! Now along with Myanmar, Pakistan and Congo, we have joined the prestigious club of democratic nations where the men in uniform trump the vote of the people.

    Dr Waheed is the saddest figure in this imbroglio, a lamb destined for slaughter probably does not know its own fate, he does.

  72. Satat on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 5:48 PM 

    Police did a great job to established low & country’s reputation. They should be independant & gvt should free them from political influences to cary out low & order. Then there won’t be any violence in future. That’s the lesson learnt from this incident.

  73. RecycleBrah on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:01 PM 

    Nasheed is not the President that this country deserves, but the one that it needs right now. So he’ll resign because he can take it, because he’s not a dictator. He was an idealist, a silent guardian … A Green Knight.

    Let’s hope that this ongoing government transition will not lead to any changes in the current environmental outlook of Maldives.

    Stay Green, Stay safe.

  74. egon on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:03 PM 

    I hope and pray Maumoon, yaamin and their families and cronies burn in hell. death will come to all of us.

  75. Leena on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:06 PM 

    Farewell President Mohamed Nasheed. Those opposition who protested on the streets have made a pact with the devil, both the islamist radicals and the corrupt drug peddling thieves of the former regime. Maldives will get what is comming, due to the sheer stupidity of people

  76. Efyou on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:21 PM 

    hallelujah !! :)
    finally ……….

  77. Jaiz ( Maathoda ) on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:32 PM 

    It is not over, it’s a begeninng, u ppl let’s watch and see what’s gonna happen in future.

  78. Maldivian in Africa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 6:35 PM 

    Weeks ago, I cried for my nation. Now I bleed for it.

    Make no mistake – whoever thinks that this ‘development’ is progress is dead wrong. We have NOT progressed as a people. We have regressed.

    Surely, we are a people of very short memory. Extremely!

    Did Nasheed make mistakes? Yes. Was what has happened the most feasible solution? No.

    The seed of mutiny has been planted. Precedence has been set. Welcome to the real Dhivehi Raajje.

    If we are not careful, we might end up like one infamous African Island nation, which has been dubbed ‘world’s most unstable country’ – Comoros.

    Mark my words. Precedence has been set.

    Anni, I salute you. It takes more than a man to do what you just did. Many will call you a coward, but even Allah knows, you are someone who has displayed real compassion. That is what leadership is all about. You are a true leader.

    Since it has come to pass, I have one prayer, only one prayer, for my nation: We do not tumble from hero to zero.

    Allah save Maldives!

  79. fareed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:05 PM 

    Only one winner. The Constitution of Maldives.
    Maldives new constitution says the 3 branches of government independent. The President using the army to arrest the Chief Judge of Criminal court against the constitution sealed his fate.
    His demise is of his own doing.

  80. Z. on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:06 PM 

    End of the world for Maldives!!!!!

  81. Saleem on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:10 PM 

    In three years Nasheed did more for our people than Gayoom did in 30 years. No matter what the problems in his administration this is a fact that can never be erased from history. Nasheed worked hard, he did his best. He made mistakes, like any leader. He did not deserve what we allowed to happen to him today.

  82. Dias on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:10 PM 

    What happened to the Maldives, one of the lowest crime rated country in the world? When I visited Maldives for the first time in 1996, I was surprised to see the hospitality and kindness of people there. What a cool place to live!!!! Now see the situation…. People are after the Demo”crazy”. Most of the Maldivians doesn’t know the real meaning! They r just imitating the gimmick by their Indian counterparts. The statement from the former President regarding the concept of democracy to the Maldivians becoming true. Democracy is not a solution for the problems in Maldives, neither autocracy. Dear Maldivian think tanks, put your brains together and find a solution for this problems. Make Maldives a better place to work and live. There are many regional competitors are coming up to threat your tourism industry.

  83. Maldivian in Italy on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:12 PM 

    The news of anni’s resignation is on every news channel here. For good, they are broadcasting the news in its all trueness and honesty. They said Anni had to see this day because of using force against his own people. The italian consulate in Male’ came on TV and said there is no danger for italians living in Male’ and for the italian tourists visiting Maldives. Bye bye Anni. I feel sorry for you. You had a great chance to rule our country well but I guess you didn’t know how to do it. You opted force, fear and harm, thus you saw your own THE END. Ciao Anni.

  84. Dias on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:16 PM 

    Wonderful country, Wonderful President Nasheed! He become world famous after the under water cabinet meeting. It is history.

  85. Engineer Anjum Zafar on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:18 PM 

    I remember that several years back, I had been on a one-month visit to Male’ Capital there (the largest piece of land, aside from several other islands) stayed in Kasthoori Building. And, I spent my time in shopping of so many electronic items from Majeedi Magu & also visited our U.S. Consular Agency there on Violet Magu. Everything was so nice & peaceful. Anyhow, I expect foresee still better future ahead for its people.

    ENGINEER ANJUM ZAFAR, P.E
    M.Sc(Engrg.) CEng FIStructE
    Registered Professional Chartered Civil Engineer –
    Chief Technical Advisor/ Seismic Structures Specialist
    Seismic Design Support Inc.
    Manhattan-NYC

  86. Efyou on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:24 PM 

    sure its a bad precedent but its the best of the worst options.

    what are people supposed to do when someone elected democratically continuously and mercilessly acts like a tyrant? Anni came to power democratically, and so was he removed, for all intents and purposes. what is democracy if not people protesting and voicing their views? isn’t this the very thing Anni used to get to power? isn’t this the very thing he did to come to power? but isn’t this the very thing he nearly destroyed?

    had he not so arrogantly misused his powers, acted unconstitutionally, and used the army and police forces to crush opposition, the media, and the judiciary, none of this would have happened. even 24 hours ago he was justifying it. then why did he resign all of sudden? people power – people gave him the power and people took it back because of his own actions. (we were waiting for him to address the nation even last night when things started getting out of hand. couldn’t he have used one of his feeble excuses, apologized, and reversed his actions?).

    So Anni has no one to blame but himself, for creating this mess, and for the way he dealt with it until the very end. (certainly the company he kept made everything worse, but then again he should take responsibility for that).

    bitter end, but let’s hope as a nation lessons have been learnt, and future leaders will not try to rule like dictators by being phony democrats just because they were elected by the people. the attitude of his resignation speech (very presidential) was what he should’ve done in the past 3 years. sadly he acted as a president only in his last hour of presidency, and that when he had little or no choice.

  87. Virendra on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:27 PM 

    So Taliban win over another country in South Asia. So long Nasheed, you did well. At least you decided not to shoot your own people – something which a power hungry person would not have done. As for Maldives the picture of tropical paradise is fast fading away.

  88. Maldivian in Africa on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:33 PM 

    I will add one final thing. If we look underneath the honey coating, we will see the bitter pill. The people have not won. The people are seeing a mirage. It is the lords of impunity, their kin and apologists, who have won.

    I hope that Dr Waheed is a wise man, because being educated does not necessarily translate to wisdom. Lords of impunity will continue plotting against real rule of law and true application of justice. Lords of impunity have a way of coating their bitter pills with honey. Unfortunately, some, and many, of us cannot see beyond the tips of our noses. Many of us are blinded by sycophancy and cannot distinguish between fact and fiction.

    I am afraid that there will come a time when Dr Waheed will recite, maybe in soliloquy, words similar to those of some popular quote. I rephrase: “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Christians, and I did not speak out because I was a Muslim. Then they came for the Salafis, and I did not speak out because I was Sunni. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

  89. rambe on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:34 PM 

    Anni has done his best to lead zombies in a democratic environment, it was obvious that this was going to happen. What would happen if you unchain mental, definitely doctor will be killed. It is a society of savages who are the party of cult.

  90. Ronald Dousenberg on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 7:41 PM 

    You Minivan don’t know why so “thin MDP” on the streets ?
    Because the new old regime is putting them in jails … democracy ? upholding the lawn for every individual ? The first of my friends has been taken already, this very afternoon … The fascists are marching in now. they rule now your country … opposition in jail again .. ban also the music, internet, jeans, football, television but tvm, and hunt for “white christian dogs” because, u know the big secret, they don’t come for holidays but for conversion …

  91. Business on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:02 PM 

    Hate to and i was shoked to see what i saw today.I cannot accept it for any reasons.
    All the oppositions corrupted idiots will be smiling now.But I promise you all things will get worse than you all have ever dreamed.
    You “Oppositions” have forced elected president to step down!Do you think this will be the end but to be honest with you this is just a begining.
    Ex president Nasheed we salute you for all the efforts you have given to bring this nation into the Democrasy.But due the fact of cronies of former Dictator Maumoon and suppoters made it messed up and they are trying hard to berry all the corruption activities and criminal acts the have done in the past.
    BUT they cannot avoid it.If they can run away with it this nation come to hault and peace can never be made.
    Some of the Police units are unlawful and disobedient.The have hijacked state media.
    Mr Maumoon,Mr Buruma,Mr Umar,Mr Yameen,Mr Thasmeen,Mr Jabir.Message for you is you may selebrate it for a short while.
    President Waheed,People did not elect you and you got the position.We will not accept you too unless you bring all those idiots mentioned in my list.Make sure you bring them to justice and make fair judgement.
    Make sure to reform our juditiory system and treat every

  92. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:03 PM 

    As others have said many times, today is a very sad day in the history of the Maldives. It truly shows that democracy has no chance of taking its roots here, as yet.

    Nasheed was a visionary and he tried to bring about the changes that were required to push the Maldives well into the 21st century. However, most Maldivians wanted to go back to the days of “serfdom”.

    I’m afraid, that from now on, most ordinary Maldivians, once again, will have to beg and kneel down infront of the wealthy and influential to get their favours in order to scrape by a living. Nasheed tried to change all of that, and make the people self reliant. He failed.

    Nasheed failed, because he was surrounded by people who were no match for the job at hand. They lacked the intelligence to deal with the constant barrage of attack by the former regime loyalists. In the end, Nasheed and his administration walked right into the trap laid there for them.

    The last blow was the constant irritation of the lying duo of Hassan Saeed and Jameel. These are two cowardly liars who, for their own personal gain, inflicted so much damage on our democracy.

    God help the Maldives. It truly has gone into the dark days.

  93. Reality Maldives on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:06 PM 

    Hate to and i was shoked to see what i saw today.I cannot accept it for any reasons.
    All the oppositions corrupted idiots will be smiling now.But I promise you all things will get worse than you all have ever dreamed.
    You “Oppositions” have forced elected president to step down!Do you think this will be the end but to be honest with you this is just a begining.
    Ex president Nasheed we salute you for all the efforts you have given to bring this nation into the Democrasy.But due the fact of cronies of former Dictator Maumoon and suppoters made it messed up and they are trying hard to berry all the corruption activities and criminal acts the have done in the past.
    BUT they cannot avoid it.If they can run away with it this nation come to hault and peace can never be made.
    Some of the Police units are unlawful and disobedient.The have hijacked state media.
    Mr Maumoon,Mr Buruma,Mr Umar,Mr Yameen,Mr Thasmeen,Mr Jabir.Message for you is you may selebrate it for a short while.
    President Waheed,People did not elect you and you got the position.We will not accept you too unless you bring all those idiots mentioned in my list.Make sure you bring them to justice and make fair judgement.
    Make sure to reform our juditiory system and treat every single man and women equaly and fairly.Fair judgement for all Maldivian.
    We are waiting for this and you have short period.

  94. albert dunn on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:13 PM 

    I am heartbroken – god bless Anni

  95. Sheikh Imran Abdullah on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:25 PM 

    Hahahaaa!

    At last, the evil zionist kaafir infidel jewish leader we had, Mohamed Nasheed has fallen! What a great day for us, and the Adhaalath Party! The Jew Nasheed should have known this was coming the moment we protested during 23rd of December due to his Jewish actions! The police and the army, with the guidance of their creator, Allah SWT, brought down a leader who was elected under a Jewish system, called democracy!

    But be warned, Christians (Jews), Atheists (Jews) and Jews of the Maldives! We shall establish Islamic Shariah here, and you shall all be punished under it’s rulings! The only way you can stay is if you pay jizya, or a certain amount of tax to your Muslim Maldivian masters! This includes the white skinned infidel jews who visit our country!

    Thank you, and peace be upon all Maldivian Muslims. May Allah SWT’s wrath be upon everyone else.

    Imran Abdullah
    President
    Adhaalath Party

  96. Democracy-Forever on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 8:38 PM 

    The fact is Anni is a democratically elected President and the military brought it to an end today. Please refer to the dictionary for ‘Coup’.

  97. Aluvi on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:00 PM 

    He didnot want to become like the Libiyan Leader. So he did quit.

  98. nina on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:05 PM 

    Ya Allah, why all these happned? It is not easy to get a sincere president like ani. He is so sincere in his works, transparant, always tries to give best service for this country.

    for almost 3 years, look and feel what he has done, see transport, housing, free medical servies..what else..
    why???

  99. Jinni on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:09 PM 

    Allhamdhu Lilhaahi, Allahu Akbar! Our President Mohamed Nasheed is a person whom Allahu Subhaanahu Wata’laa have had blessed.
    He worked hard to implement JUSTICE across Maldives. If we’re not wrong, as per Quran and Hadhees – If a leader or a president who has worked purely to bring justice for his nation, he will surely have a place, hereafter under the thrown of Allah Subahaanahu Wata’laa.
    Yaa! Allah, we humbly ask for your guidance to our president Mohamed Nasheed on the right path and make him a person who jihaad with us for Allah, to establish JUSTICE in Maldives.

  100. Chandra on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:16 PM 

    I shall refrain from repeating pros & cons of the latest events and instead try to be productive.

    All good & bad things eventually come to an end and will repeat. That is Nature’s way – ‘the eternal Universal unstoppable cycle’.

    Thus, for the benefit of ALL Maldivian people and for your beautiful country, all of YOU need to actively practice compassion, tolerance, mindfulness, forgiveness, respect for all beings.

    With these qualities you could all UNITE above mundane Party Politics and embark on a progressive and a positive vision for Development utilizing your resources and abilities.

    STOP/reduce gossiping, finding fault with others, being too cool or lazy, worrying about missed opportunities and instead drive yourself and your fellow citizens for self & country’s betterment by education, knowledge, wide vision, entrepreneurship, dedication and honest hard work.

    This will be the only way to have peace & happiness for you all without being the ‘sad pawns of politicians, opportunists and extremists’.

    Try to adopt ‘Live & let live’.

    Wish you a new dawn and all the best for the next millennium!

  101. shiyam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:22 PM 

    nasheed still i believe you are my president

  102. Logo on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:24 PM 

    We have never thought that our MNDF and the Police will be so corrupted – bloody loosers. We should lable them as “KULEE SIFAN” – bastards was “Sold-Out”.
    It’s really pitty for me to say such filthy words – but I’ve NO Choice. If I would have been a grown-up, today I would have hanged them all to death. Internationally the MNDF and Police has concluded a criminal act/offence, against a democratically elected president. They are Terrorists among us. These buggers will do the samething, again if someone pay them few Green-Colour notes.
    I call to U.N. to investigate the matter and immediately to seize all foreign AIDS to Maldives – it’s better to die on hunger, rather than seen some JUDGE plays havock in the Judiciary System, to safe guard some bloody UNEDUCATED businessmen.

  103. ashamed to be maldivian on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:29 PM 

    yuck! imran, May Allah SWT protect the muslims of Maldives from the likes of you… you unbeliever

  104. MOh on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:36 PM 

    “Several confronted Minivan News.” hehehe. What minivan news? Youre no news agency. Just an internet blog run from a laptop in a bedroom. who would confront you? What a joke.

  105. Daniel on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 9:48 PM 

    Sad day for Maldives. Respect to Mr. Nasheed. I know the country and I know that clever people supported him. I met enough of supporters and non supporters. And all were muslims noone should think that Mr. Nasheed is not muslim. He is a REAL one. A peasful one. One for the future. Not mid age!

  106. Boss on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:00 PM 

    This is an act of conspiracy against a legally & democratically elected president.
    President Mohamed Nasheed has achieved his objectives in 3 years, which the former dictator who ruled Maldives for 30 years failed to accomplish.

    Still, today Maldives Police and MNDF is under this Dictator’s influence.

    In the illegal gathering of today’s coup – mostly their was Police without Uniform, pretending to be Civilians – this is a planned act – We’re sure that the President Nasheed will be shocked.

    We believe that our President Nasheed was forcefully forced (by putting a GUN on his head) to choose his presidency or the people of the Maldives, where he has given-up his presidency for his fellow countrymen.

    This has showed the educated Maldivian and the world, that he did not rule the Maldives with greed, rather for the love and the betterment of the Maldivians

    Why can’t this old Gayoom & his thugs learn something from President Nasheed, where he gave-up the President’s Post with Dignity and High-Head.

    He has set an excellent example for the World Leaders, to follow.

    We are proud to say that we have elected a president, like you – and we assure that we are still behind you…

  107. abdu on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:03 PM 

    Anni and his loyalists including Reeco Moosa should be tried in the courts of law for all the corruption of his governent and for not respecting our constitution.

  108. tsk tsk on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:09 PM 

    We should all unite once again and use this opportunity to set aside party politics and tribalism.

    Nasheed failed because of his attitude. He put the party line above all else while he was handed the important duty of strengthening democracy in the country.

    Yet there are several things that Nasheed did well. Such as supporting cultural initiatives like the resurgence of Boduberu in the field of arts. However for some days his legacy will be marred by his final actions just like Qayyoom’s.

    This can be a good day for the Maldives. Let us all be brothers and sisters once again and try to take our country to new heights.

    May god bless you all.

  109. Nars on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:16 PM 

    Bye Bye Mr.Nasheed…onto the annals of history right there next to president Ameen..Serves him right for sticking with people like Reecko Moosa, Maria and other corrupt people….The people of Maldives have shown that they are not afraid of Big mouths and irrational brainless Reecko, Maria and Dr.DiDi….RIP guys.

  110. Nars on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:17 PM 

    I say its time for Justice pls arrest Mr.Nasheed and put him behind bars….

  111. amie on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:26 PM 

    Let me take this opportunity to thank Mr Nasheed for everything he has done for us these past 3 years. Thank u from the bottom of my heart. Thank u for all ur efforts…thank u for the hope. Alas, its sad that so many of are not appreciative and celebrate todays events in their ignorance. This is truly a SAD SAD day!

  112. HAL on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:32 PM 

    Thank Almighty that the nation has got rid of a nasty & dumb activist….ashamed that I supported MDP.wise ppl in MDP have been warning Anni all along that this is coming if Anni is listening to greedy and selfish street activists like Sarange,Maria,Reeko & Kerefa.These are the assholes who brought this on Anni.Party Haruges cannot be the place to run a country.This was what Anni & MDP were doing…they deserve what has happened.Bravo Police & MNDF

  113. Ahmed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:38 PM 

    This country is one of the hopeless country and will lose all investments, trade relations with neighbours and we will see people begging and the jokers who made this happen will run away leaving people in tantrums

    All the best Maldivians enjoy last days of your luxury life

  114. daniel on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:42 PM 

    people in Europe love Mr. Nasheed. He is the proof that islam is a friendly and open religion. The “New york times” called him “a hero”. A new film (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/theislandpresident/) shows him all over the world. He made Maledives and Islam in a positiv way famous all around the world. Fight for him Male people. In peace of course. But pls try not to listen the voice of violence.

  115. Mohammed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:44 PM 

    @Boss: I know you are unhappy. I am feeling sad too, but please don’t make up shit. Nasheed made a wrong move, broke something and failed to fix it.

    But recent world history tells us that it’s the wrong season to wear dictator boots. What the heck was he thinking? Why couldn’t he bring the judge to justice? I hope it’s not the lack of proof.

  116. Yasir on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:54 PM 

    I am sick of everyone saying Anni was a democratically elected president. I believe this is a blatant lie. He got his presidential seat becuase of an agreement between his party MDP and all the oppositions who formed a coalition inorder to prevent from Qayyoom coming back to presidency. He didn’t win the first ever democratic election held in this country to become the first democratic president. If you guys read the news properly you would all know that. It was Qayyoom who actually won the first ever held democratic election of this country, however he didnt gain the required amount of votes to form the government. Then Anni got the place because the opposition all joined him to block Qayyoom. With time, Anni’s coalition left him one by one because of his undemocratic policies. Surely anyone with brains would know that Annis cannot be right right alone incomparison to all his coalition politicians who left him. There must be seriously something wrong in his policies that all of them left him. Here people are blessing him as if he is an angel, but I don’t think so. Anni got a great chance to run this country well, but he ruined it with his stuoid policies and ideas. He didn’t know how to run this country and his people. Then in the end he started using force against his own people. That is when the very same people who made him the president decided to remove him. So I don’t feel any sorry for him. He deserved what he got. He should be glad if he would be pardoned by the people of thsi country. Many families have been harmed by his fierce policies and actions. He is no angel. Many people have lost jobs anf faced unnecessary harassement and bullying by his government and party members. Today he has to pay back for that. This is democracy. Well done maldivians for realising what is good and bad for you.

  117. Critic on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:54 PM 

    …finally the hype has subsided, the capital quite andpeople back to normal life…you wouldnt know there was a change of government a few hours ago.

    …should we rejoice and chant songs of victory for the resignation of President Nashid?

    …politicians are diapers, they always have to be changed, but the economic and development ideologies cannot and should not be changed. I fear for Maldives inthenext few months of uncertainty.

    …let us not deny the fact that we are all split in various parties having absolutely different ideologies and mentalities. We all know Yamin,Umaru and Thasneem can never eat from same plate. The religious mentours believe they are too sacred to share, with other parties that are tainted with either blood, liquor, drugs, or corruption now or in the past.

    …Politicians in Maldives are known to switch ‘seats’ for a buck or for other personal reasons we may not know. In actual democratic arena anywhere in the world, a politician will NEVER change from party to party, but may work in coalition. Take a look at our politicians in political, social and economic sense and you would realize that we are heading to the hanging docks!

    …President Nashid was no saint.He may be lined up with Presidents like Clinton, Sarcozy, Zuma, and many others who had or did something extra ordinary that was disgraceful and unacceptable in society. They all prevailed except Nashid whose reputation and achievements are now tarnished for evidence of illegal substances in his x-palace.

    God would forgive that who may eat something natural and send to hell that who abuse a child, inslave women, steal public money or kill another. I always believe the first question from god to the dead soul is ‘what good did you do to humanity?’andifthe bad surpased the good, you go hell like Osama andthe rest.

    …If we understood a bit of economics,we would not have thrown out Nashidbecause we are much better off than we were a few years ago. Maldivians started to see a future through physical developments and changes, Maldivians today are free than four years ago. Maldivians would have been better off if they were patient tillthe end of Nashids term.

    …and so we rejoiced and danced and prayed hoping tomorrow the new president will send GMR home, erase GST or any business/profit tax, stop imports of Israel equipments and medicines we use, stop import of liquor, pork (which we get insulin from) and so on…..

    …we just dug our six foot grave deeper to an extent we cannot see the light above.WHY?

  118. Mushi Mas on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 10:57 PM 

    The civil servants can expect salary hike now. Wow!!!!

  119. Rafiqul Alam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:07 PM 

    For all I know, Anni had a golden opportunity to move the country forward and to make himself the best president the country ever saw. He lost it because of his own arrogance and idiocy.

  120. A. Samad on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:15 PM 

    Mr. President Nasheed, you have done us Maldivians proud.

  121. heartbroken on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:07 AM 

    Kudos Minivan; for objective reporting.

    This is indeed a sad day for the world, if not for Maldives.

    This is what happens, when people do not speak up for themselves. This is what happens when the ignorant, illiterate, spineless masses are brainwashed and controlled by “parasites”.

    Welcome to slavery, exploitation, and misery, Maldives. But then, you guys asked for it.

    And to those of you cowards who never spoke up….and those of you who bend over so readily in submission….enjoy the buggering for the next 20 generations.

  122. Mr Antonio (spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:17 AM 

    What it takes to be a democratic country
    Dear Maldivian friends,
    You have been overruled by your own history. A history forged in dictatorship, a history written with blood and salted water. A history away from respect. I’m afraid that is what it takes to learn about democracy. Here in Spain we had the fascist army occupying the parliament just after democracy was installed, just like you had yesterday some of the police officers co-animating the street riots. But they could not move forward in our country, just like they will not drawback the democracy in the Maldives. It is time for you all to get together and defend what you consider to be the future of your country. Don’t let fanaticism take your life. Fanatics are just like beaten dogs, you remove the lash, they bite. They bite because they are afraid of freedom. They bite because they have been beaten all their life. That’s all they know. As per police officers, they should know they are not the ones that make the law. They are the armed body of the law but never the law themselves. They execute but don’t make the rules. They are not even paid to decide, but paid to serve.
    You have been into the typical troubles of a young, not to say baby, democracy. You have been tested. More problems will come, more tests will take place, until one fine day you will look at your history and you will see that it all made a lot of sense. Gayoom was wrong: you are prepared to be a democracy, in fact you already are, how come what happen could have taken place otherwise. Now it is time to lear and fight to move forward. We are many abroad watching you, helping you, praying, if may say, for you. Keep going, the Maldives is your future ans it is worth to fight for it.

  123. Ben on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:30 AM 

    Awesome,this means only one thing for me.
    Simon Hawkins will no longer be able to carry forward the ‘Image of Maldives’
    as a copycat cheap Nation with his crappy 100K logo and stupid slogan ‘Always Natural’.
    Amen!!

  124. Jaiz ( Maathoda ) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:37 AM 

    We Faresmaathoda ppl are ready to revange.
    Police should remember what they did us during the Mounoon’s dictatorship. Ploce did same during this conflict, very soon police gonna suffer.

  125. Ahmed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:19 AM 

    HAHAHA what a joke that many people including @Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb our Addu friend seems to think that Nasheed left because he cared about the people and did not want to create chaos, he left because he had to, he tried eveything he could(creating chaos) including calling a superpower (India), he had to go no way around it, put a fork in him (as hes roasted perfectly), only person to blame is Nasheed himself (sad, all got to his head!!) and as someone said earlier we have to change our presidents from time to time.

  126. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:01 AM 

    @Ahmed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:19 AM

    “HAHAHA what a joke that many people including @Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb our Addu friend seems to think that Nasheed left because he cared about the people…”

    Despite your laughter, I truly believe that Nasheed cared about his fellow country men and women. He was shown how ruthless the so-called “Police” can be when they beat up ordinary citizens including members of Parliament, right infront of his eyes.

    Where did the digraced “Colonel” Nazim come from? Afterall, this guy is a disgrace to the whole nation. He couldn’t even keep his arse down at the Sandhurst military academy and was disgracefully expelled for his “disreputable” behaviour. He cannot even walk on the same street with someone of the calibre of Brigadier Jaleel who is a graduate and Green Beret from Sandhurst. Jaleel sacrificed his life so we can live to this day. He put his own life on the front line when he faced Tamil mercenaries against impossible odds. These are the kinds of soldiers that had to bow out today because of the illegal military coup! People like Nazim trumped!

    Tell me, do you think that’s something we should be proud of?

  127. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:10 AM 

    President Nasheed is a hero. He did indeed step down for the security of the people in this country in the face of a power hungry and greedy opposition and a police and defence force that were bribed to sell their own country to the devils. No matter what any opposition member or supporters say, today our country has been hijacked in the name of democracy and there will be at least half the population of this Country who would not consider this government to be democratically elected and therefore legitimate. Now let’s wait and see how we go back to the rule of tyranny so that corrupt judges can reign. Shame on all police and defence force. You people deserve to be beaten up by all of us for selling our trust in you for such a short term gain.

  128. tom on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:05 AM 

    Maldives is not mature to implement a right democratic system. I am working with Maldives international affairs. Pls see that how many projects they got from international level and how much it is effective. Internationally it is noticed now even in UN is watching the current picture. Millions of amount is allocated by the world community, but how much it is going to the common people in the Maldives. The people of Maldives should realize this factor. This is an international facts going on with Maldives…..This will make difficulty in future…..for maldives.

  129. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:14 AM 

    @Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:10 AM

    “… today our country has been hijacked in the name of democracy and there will be at least half the population of this Country who would not consider this government to be democratically elected and therefore legitimate.”

    Very true. I don’t consider it a legitimate government! It cannot be as it was brought in at the point of a gun. I’d urge the MDP to organise and form behind a suitable leadership that has the brains to confront this. Let’s see how true Waheed and his sponsors are to their words of “rule of law”.

  130. Yoosuf Rilwam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:34 AM 

    JJ Robinson we are looking for you ! By Allah we will spill your blood,if you are in Maldives. If you are outside Maldives stay out and if you come here again we will spill your blood. That goes for your wife too.

  131. maumoon abdhul gayoom on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:49 AM 

    EEEEHAHAHAHHOOO. now i can sit in my throne and treat all of maldivians as slaves. while me and my family lives in luxury, the idiots in this country should live like ants in a shit hole provided by adhaalath party. and all of their vehicles will be burned while we import camels and mules for transportation. hehe i didnt know you would forget so easily that i am the master of u all shit heads. well’ now here i am so get ready to be fucked. you are too stupid to deserve democracy. and lets forget that 800 million dollars so i can take sleep. OH GOD thanks to you that maldivians are so stupid.

  132. anon on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:32 AM 

    Aishath Aniya on FB :

    “When I went to the Jumhuri Maidhaan (Republican Square) this morning around 6am there was a group of mutinying police armed with vests, baton, pepper spray, etc. With them were a group of Gayoom’s supporters armed with metal rods. They were in the middle of the square. A group of Gayoom Supporters were gathered outside the northwestern corner of the Square and Supporters of government were gathered at the southwestern corner of the Square.

    Security forces lined up in front of both groups blocking us from entering the Square. We kept calling for the arrests of coup leaders. Almost two hours later, suddenly the security forces retreated. We started walking up along the Square to the centre.

    Suddenly, the mutineers and Gayoom supporters with them charged at us and ran beating anyone they could lay their hands on. We all got dispersed in different directions. Holding my friend’s hand, I ran back and found ourselves in the premises of the Islamic Centre through the north gate. I saw several dozen people running at every direction, some climbing up the steps or going behind doors. Through a passageway in the Islamic Centre I came out from the eastern gate into the road between Islamic Centre and Defense Force Headquarters. We were right opposite the mutineers. We moved forward toward and when we neared them, they charged at us beating up people. We retreated and moved back.

    I saw a youth squatting down and throwing up. He was beaten on the back of his neck and had injuries on his back from the police beatings previous night. I saw another man, very seriously injured, and carried by two other men. We went on moving toward them and each time they charged at us running and beating us. Finally I saw pepper-spray canisters flying up and heard someone yell “run, run, pepper spray!” Instantly I felt the sharp burning on my face and I could hardly breathe or see where I was going. My friend and me holding hands, walked through the Sultan park and headed home.

    On the way, I saw vehicles and people with injuries or hit by pepper spray hurriedly moving away from the area. I came across some of my friends who were with me. I heard people name my friends and people I know, who they say are badly injured. MDP’s former Chairperson Mariya Didi, MP was one of them. She is reportedly held on the ground and kicked by several policemen. She has been admitted into the hospital along with her husband who is in the ICU for severe head injuries. My friend Eva, an MP was dragged into the crowd it seems.

    I recalled those in the front line. Imran. Moosa and Shifaz, both of them MPs were there but haven’t seen them later. I called my two brothers who went with me. They were both in two different locations but unharmed. When I came home I saw Eva’s husband on TV. His shirt was torn away from him and police were kicking and beating him.”

  133. Dictator on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:31 PM 

    Aniya forgot to mention that her so called “colleagues” led a mob with swords and knives. You only get what you ask for.

  134. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:28 PM 

    As someone by the name of Chandra had commented at 9.16PM on this site, we Maldivians should stop pointless analysis and hate mongering.

    We as Maldivian women, let us take the lead and persuade all to get on with their lives for prosperity since this spectacle is over.

    But in the future let us not fall into another trap of division and dis-harmony that would be promoted by the fanatical extremist opportunists.

  135. heartbroken on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:26 PM 

    Yes indeed….

    Bravo, speak up Maldivian women, if you at least, have the balls to do so…

    Do not be fazed by the dogs who terrorize you.

    They are but the brainless mutts who bark and bite for the scraps thrown to them by those worthless few who want to thrive on your sweat and labor.

    Speak up now for yourselves ladies, if you want a future for yourself and your kids.

    For no one else can or will help you.

  136. heartbroken on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:04 AM 

    a deep silence….gud enuf

  137. engr. abdul gafur on Tue, 14th Feb 2012 10:43 AM 

    it is internal problem of Maldives. let the people of Maldives to solve their problem.only god knows the truth. god bless all.


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