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MDP condemns “coup d’etat”, Nasheed released by Maldives security forces

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Police with the Maldives’ Drug Enforcement Department (DED) this evening removed alcohol bottles and what they claimed was evidence of other illicit substances from the home of former President Mohamed Nasheed, shortly after his resignation in dramatic circumstances today.

Elements of the police joined opposition protests last night and this morning attacked the headquarters of the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) this morning in Republic Square. A further 60-70 MNDF soldiers joined the protesters. Shortly afterwards, the state broadcaster MNBC was taken over by police and opposition protesters, and rebranded Television Maldives (TVM), the name of the institution under Gayoom’s government.

A spokesperson for Nasheed said earlier this evening that the former President is currently being detained against his will, and dismissed the discovery of the bottles and illicit substances as an attempt to discredit Nasheed and gain popular support for what he described as “a coup d’etat”.

As of 11:00pm, the spokesperson said Nasheed has been allowed to return home.

“Gayoom controls the judiciary, now the executive, the media, and in couple of weeks probably the parliament. One thing he cannot control is popular support for President Nasheed, so he needs to find a way to jail or discredit him ahead of the 2013 election,” the spokesperson said.

Several individuals connected with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were seriously injured during the unrest, while two sources told Minivan News that a party activist was killed today after a metal pole rammed upwards through his jaw. Minivan News is seeking confirmation.

At 3:00pm Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan was sworn in as President. As per the constitution, Dr Waheed must now appoint a vice president to be approved by the Parliament. He may also reform the Cabinet.

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.”

According to Police Media Official Ahmed Shiyam, the DED investigation of the historical President’s Residence was prompted when a lorry emerged from the residence with “bags of trash”.

“Security stopped the vehicle and found a number of alcohol bottles in the bags. The police were notified of the situation and an investigation is underway,” Shiyam said.

While “there were many bottles,” Shiyam said the “investigation is ongoing.”

At 6:00pm this evening Minivan News observed Maldives National Defense Forces (MNDF) and police forces jointly guarding the left entrance to the residence from a crowd of approximately 500 members of the public, most of whom are affiliated with former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), according to onlookers. A police van was parked near the official entrance around the corner amidst throngs of people standing on the low walls to observe the event.

Minority opposition Dhivehi Quamee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed and PPM MP Ilham Ahmed were also present at the scene, speaking with security forces and directing the crowds to clear the road and stay on the sidewalks.

From the upper level of a nearby building bags and boxes could be seen moved into a security van parked within the residence. While bottles were not clearly visible, the scent of alcohol could be detected when the lorry was moved closer to the residence gate.

When asked whether further demonstrations were planned for this evening, onlookers said they believed the biggest ordeal was over.

“It’s done now, tonight we are celebrating,” one of the people outside the President’s residence claimed.

When asked whether Nasheed had been arrested, Shiyam reported that he has been taken to a secure location by security services.

“[Nasheed] is being kept for his own safety now under the surveillance of Maldives National Security Forces, which includes police and MNDF,” Shiyam said. “He is the main concern, as is anything that might happen to his family. Police will take anything related to the family seriously.”

Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which was brought to power in the country’s first democratic elections in 2008, appeared subdued today following clashes with police last night, injuries to key members, and the torching of the party’s headquarters this afternoon.

The party issued the following statement this evening:

“We strongly condemn the coup d’etat that has been brought against the constitutionally elected government of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives. Last night rogue elements from the Maldives Police Service in conjunction with the supporters of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom overthrew the democratically elected government of President Nasheed.

“The overthrow occurred after small numbers of police and army personal, in response to a call from leading opposition figures, Abdulla Yameen (former President Gayoom’s half brother) and Umar Naseer (former security officer in the regime of President Gayoom), joined with a group of protesters in the centre of Male, protesting against the arrest and detention of a judge accused of corruption.

“These police and army personnel, especially those from the notorious Star Force established by former President Gayoom then, ignoring the chain of command, moved around the capital in full riot gear, attacking MDP headquarters and the houses of MDP MPs and government officials.
“Many MDP members and government officials were badly hurt. Some are unaccounted for. MDP-associated property continues to be attacked. In this climate of chaos and fear, the rogue elements of the police and army helped to take over the main national TV channel, MNBC, replacing it with President Gayoom’s old TV Maldives (TVM), and also moved to take control of key installations.
“During this time, ex President Gayoom’s allies moved to retake control of the army and police. The opposition, supported by the army and police, then offered an ultimatum to President Nasheed: step down or be faced with a bloodbath in the capital.
“President Nasheed thus resigned in order to protect the public from further violence. His resignation was involuntary in that he had no choice.”

“President Nasheed was taken to the President’s Office under the custody of the security forces and subsequently resigned.

“We also condemn the violent attacks carried out against our members by the Maldives Police Service including Member of Parliament and our former chairperson Mariya Didi and other MPs from the party.

“We call upon the international community to assist us in establishing democracy in the Maldives and protect the officials of the government of President Nasheed. We fear for the safety of President Nasheed and senior members of his government.”

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96 Comments on "MDP condemns “coup d’etat”, Nasheed released by Maldives security forces"

  1. Maldives Crying on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:27 PM 

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

    What a joke when you accept rouge TRAITORS who broke the LAWS and REBELLED. How could you keep these mercenaries/TRAITORS in the police and army? ANSWER that!

  2. Rafiqul Alam on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:45 PM 

    There was no coup.
    The President resigned and the next in command (ie our then Vice President) took over.
    No one will call this a coup.

  3. Ilyas Ahmed on Tue, 7th Feb 2012 11:46 PM 

    Only MDP to be blamed. The arrest of the judge outside the Constitution and the refusal to reverse course out of stubbornness unleashed this chain of events.

    Well wishers of MDP and many MDP members like myself warned that this would lead to self destruction.

    It all was so easy to see, yet MDP activists believed that they can prevail by Mob Rule.

    President Nasheed is a decent man who tried to do his best for this nation. But sadly he used the wrong methods to deal with various challenges that led to this day.

    Most of all, I have repeatedly said that the GMR deal would be the reason for Nasheed’s fall and that this deal will haunt him forever.

  4. Middled on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:13 AM 

    Its a sad day in the history of Maldives…

  5. Baiken on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:16 AM 

    I agree with Alam and Ilyas, this was no coup.

    After spending nearly an year reading about police brutality in various countries and for a while here, it’s refreshing to see the police and the military aid the citizens and defend the constitution.

    The new president is a good man but I fear for what foreboding elections as I can’t think of a single good candidate from all the currently existing parties. I can’t think of a single one that wouldn’t turn out like Nasheed did.

  6. Mr Antonio (spain) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:21 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 one, how come what happen could have taken place otherwise. Now it is time to learn and fight to move forward. We are many abroad, watching you, helping you, praying if I may say, for you. Keep going, the Maldives is your future and it is worth to fight ( what a word) for it.

  7. 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!!

  8. aa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:31 AM 

    Does MDP know what a coup is? If it was a coup, the army would not wait for president to resign. They could have just kicked him out and take over.

  9. Michael Fahmy on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:36 AM 

    The job of President Mohamed Nasheed was always going to be difficult. His enemies were entrenched in powerful locations. Even the Vice President was his competitor, if not his all out enemy.

    He was finally undone by his own rhetoric and his own incompetent advisers.

    He tried to do too much too soon. He was in a hurry.

    He did not know enough Maldivian history.

    He should have read through and mastered the book called ‘Animal Farm’. This book is about the difficulty of changing human nature itself.

    I have outlived another Maldivian President. It all started with Mohamed Ameen. What next?

    Fraternising with the Jews and Israel was a big mistake. Arresting a judge was unconstitutional. Getting the Army and the Police involved in politics, as Nasheed did, was a big mistake also.

    Protests in Male going on for three weeks was too much in a small and thickly populated island. Finally, it all blew up.

    A highly dramatic end to Nasheed’s first government. His own policies, more than that of his opponents, proved to be his undoing.

    Finally, I appeal to Minivannews not to surrender and go away. Stay put.

    That is my own considered judgement.

  10. nix on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:43 AM 

    Shame on you waheed – the biggest back stabber this century has seen. and you say this was the rule of law?? what LAW??? we’ll wait and watch your fall. do you think that you can stay in power?? we’ll wait and watch. there are many presidents now – maumoon, yameen, hassan saeed, buruma gasim, thasmeen, umar naseem, sheikh imran,,and how can i forget dhiyana??!! Maldives cannot get a better present than Anni.

  11. nix on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:44 AM 

    better president than anni

  12. fareed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:52 AM 

    Constitution of Maldives-the great winner.President Nasheed who used the army to illegally kidnap senior judge, taught the police to disregard his order. When you step outside the constitution then you can’t resort to the constitution for your safety. Sad, the way you had to go, Anni.

  13. Dhonfuthu on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:52 AM 

    This is a very sad day in the history of Maldives . This is just another begining of a new end

  14. xian on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:14 AM 

    the best president maldives ever had and will have was anni,he was a brave and kind guy who loved his country and didnt use power to defeat his opposition unlike the previous dictator

  15. manik on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:15 AM 

    This is a coup in all sense. When a Head of State is forced to resign at gun point it is a coup.
    Countries that have had coups never have progressed or have a peaceful civilian government.
    The moment the Police or the MNDF now gets upset at the government they would stage the same thing.
    Maldivians have opened a pandoras box. Nasheed made many major mistakes and has to be responsible for this fiasco but this is not the way to change governments.
    I feel sorry for my country and ashamed of the Police.

  16. Hussain Manik on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:18 AM 

    This is a lesson for all those who topple a long time dictatorship that there is no place for the Dictator or his cronies in the country anymore and should have been driven out instead of experimenting by having those who were ousted around in the parliament and important institutions. Hopefully the new President will establish law and order and get the judges to meet out justice fairly irrespective of the position or social standing. Mr. Waheed is the prime target now. Beware of Gasim,Yamin and Thasneem. They laid hurdles in Nasheed’s path. You are next in line to be sacrificed.

  17. gate on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:50 AM 

    Dear Writer;

    I suggest you to write what you see, not what you think and you imaginary world. we gave 5yrs to serve the country, but you guys failed to do that. what happen in the president palace was the reality. you have to accept it. nothing related to maummoon, by bye anni n his f*** administrators

  18. azim on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:12 AM 

    MDP as always blames everything on Gayoom and tries to get international sympathy. Why do they fail to point out Nasheed ordered unlawful abduction of a judge and gave deaf years to calls from Supreme Court, Procecutor general and so many others to release the judge.? When he does not show respect to law n order, who will?

  19. Triontroin on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:24 AM 

    This was a coup whether you believe it or not!!

    And Former president Nasheed wasn’t a decent man. He was someone who enjoyed drinking and partying. Its something all his close personals knew. So was that sparky headed tourism minister Zulfa.

    Im glad Nasheed’s rule is over and i can only hope that the ever so silent Waheed can rule this country. MDP shouldnt take credit in his rule anymore and state that its still their government! Sayimg such stuff (by Alhaan) prove their incompetence at their defeat. We the people dont want a puppet like Nasheed ruling us. But with such history (Gayoom and Nasheed), i guess its not going to be easy to find such a rule anytime soon.

    And where has MDP’s beloved Reeko Moosa fled to? Or should i say was trying to flee to? And from what? The justice? Its such a joke now.

    I wish our new President Waheed good luck. May he have sense enough to rule the remaining months in justice and towards betterment!

  20. idi on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:08 AM 

    Minivan News: you are the closest thing to an independant media outlet this country has ever had, atleast professional journalism which is enjoyed even by people who are not Maldivian – a source for the rest of the world. It is imperative that you remain and continue your coverage. Please.

    President Nasheed is a hero for so many people. Here’s hoping he comes back to compete in the next elections – so many people still want him as their leader.

    In the meantime, President Waheed, please take this nation forward. Do not succumb to the same dark forces that your predecessor was forced to take heed of. We wish you the best of luck.

  21. Om on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:49 AM 

    He resigned, because his office failed.

    Nasheed had tried to change much all in favor of a few notorious figures in MDP.. If he had listened to even a few honest leaders of MDP and opposition parties, this would not have happened.

    alchohol and drugs found in his palace, were just a bonus. Nobody was surprised by this. everyone who knew these ‘notorious’ figures of MDP knew exactly what they all had in common..

    Minivan News should try to stay ‘Minivan’ and report news rather than fabricating it. else this might be the end of public support for this website too. MDP is not Nasheed’s associates and hopefully this is a new beginning for MDP too.

  22. Om on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:51 AM 

    He resigned, because his office failed.

    Mr.Nasheed had tried to change much all in favor of a few notorious figures in MDP.. If he had listened to even a few honest leaders of MDP and opposition parties, this would not have happened.

    alchohol and drugs found in his palace, were just a bonus. Nobody was surprised by this. Everyone who knew these ‘notorious’ figures of MDP knew exactly what they all had in common..

    Minivan News should try to stay ‘Minivan’ and report news rather than fabricating it. else this might be the end of public support for this website too. MDP is not Nasheed’s associates and hopefully this is a new beginning for MDP too.

  23. Rehendi on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:58 AM 

    I can see the future so well; he will be charged for consuming alcohol (of course planted by you)…. You guys are so predictable….

  24. marko on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:16 AM 

    I’m not familiar with maldivian domestic politics, but news about violent regime change are disturbing. What is predicted in next days, is it safe for tourist to travel?

  25. Patriot on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:29 AM 

    The best thing is now Maldives can kick out all the foreign advisors who have been robbing the country. Mike Mason and Mark Lynas should be brought to justice for siphoning millions of dollars of ‘Climate Change’ money that belong to the Maldivians.

  26. Mohamed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:44 AM 

    Please stop writing news articles which give wrong impression to international media. I heard on CNN that the protesters were supporters of Maumoon. This is such a false news. I wonder from where do they get such false news. I voted Nasheed in the presidential election, but i supported the protesters to release the judge. The protesters in general were not particularly supporters of ex president Maumoon. Now even in this article I see something which said Judiciary is controlled by him. Please start honest journalism.

  27. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 5:09 AM 

    This was definitely a military coup. The President was forced to resign and he resigned to save the blood of the citizens of this country. You can clearly see this, as blood was shed by these so-called Police as they beat up citizens and members of parliament infront of everyone.

    This was the threat to the President: either you resign, or we’ll go and massacre every single MDP supporter in the country! Waheed is trying to save his skin by paying lip service to his masters in the military and police. It’s clear where the orders are coming from now.

    Let’s take a look at this so-called “Colonel” Nazim. This guy was expelled from the Sandhurst military academy in the UK! Yes, that’s right. He was expelled for disreputable behaviour (I don’t want to go into the details). What was his involvement in today’s coup? How on earth did he materialise himself, suddenly to demand the resignation of the President?

    Contrast that with Brigadier Jaleel. Jaleel is a graduate of Sandhurst and a proud bearer of the Green Beret. I still remember having seen and met Jaleel after his graduation and how proud he was of that marvellous achievement. He has made so many sacrifices for his country as a soldier and he’ll be particularly remembered for the way he took charge of the situation when faced with impossible odds against Tamil mercenaries in 1988.

    The plot that took place today has been in the plan for a long time. The old regime die hards knew that this was the only way they could topple the government of Nasheed. Waheed is simply a puppet of Yaamin, Gayyoom and clan. He will be taking orders either directly or indirectly from them! We’ve clearly seen that today.

    We are returning to the dark old days of Maldives. Everything that happens will be shrouded in mystery and underhand deals and corruption will go to the next level. You can bet your last Rufiyaa that none of the corruption cases involving former regime members will now go forward! President Nasheed will be put on trial on some trumped up charges; whether it be alcohol or drugs or something else. Mark my words. Nasheed is their number one enemy. The old regime will not let leave their enemy wounded. They will go for the jugular. Nasheed was naive not to have done the same!

    I really feel very sorry for Nasheed. He was a good man and he really wanted to make a difference to this country. He made quite a few mistakes and I’ve been pointing them out for sometime. He should have listened to the technocrati and moderate voices in his party.

    Maldives, close your doors. Democracy doesn’t deserve you.

  28. a on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:10 AM 

    Maldivians don’t deserve democracy.

  29. Voter on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:31 AM 

    Maldives Gayoom has stashed over USD800 million in Malaysia alone.. You want his people to run the country. Its better if your island sink beneath global warming !!

  30. Ahmed Asim on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:08 AM 

    Anni : You stood up against the dictator, the opposition, and mullahs very strongly.
    Yet you crumble and gave in to the likes of dumb idiots within your party.

    Reeko, Musthafa, Mariya : are your weaknesses.

    The day you take hard stance on these leeches, I would vote for you again.

  31. Edward Koh on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:15 AM 

    Minivan News! Are you really an independent news source? What a farce? Do not believe even for a minute that you can hood wink the international community again. Was it a coup ? What a joke? Why can’t MDP go beyond Maumoon? What has Maumoon to do with yesterday’s events? Doesn’t MDP realise that some of their own members and all the other political parties were involved in the events that forced Nasheed to step down? This time around I happen to be here in Maldives and I have seen everything closely. Just like many Maldivians I know who the thugs and hooligans were. Nasheed made mistakes. He should have accepted his mistakes and tried to move forward. Instead his own cronies forced him to do all what he did and the result was his down fall. Why don’t we all learn to move beyonfd Gayoom. Let us get professional help ( therapy) if necessary!

  32. Ahmed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:20 AM 

    TRAITOR WAHEED WAS INVOLVED IN A MILITARY COUP, WITH MEMBERS OF THE FORMER REGIME, AGAINST THE COUNTRY’S FIRST DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT. SHAME ON YOU. YOU WILL NEVER BE OUR PRESIDENT.

  33. mohamad osman on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:28 AM 

    a very nice country ,now ahead with intellegent and open minded president.

    the changes to democracy in 2008 was a big step in the history of the maldives led to mr nasheed an icon of revolutionist took power, this nice man was with insufficient education and no carisma to lead the country further.

    the maldives needs an intellectual educated person like dr waheed to move ahead , and now all in order.

    dear maldivians , support your new president and help him to improve your country as he is capable to do so.

    good luck dr waheed , .

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

    Waheed won’t last six months. The fundamentals have not changed. There’s still a massive hole in the budget. Prices of goods will continue to rise. Inflation is on the rise. The judicial system is corrupt and ill suited to the needs of the country. Drug addiction and youth employment is on the rise. Lack of housing, clean water, etc. and the list goes on.

    Removing Nasheed isn’t going to make any difference to these facts on the ground. Waheed doesn’t have a magic want to make these go away. He sure got the job he’s always had an eye on! Let’s see what he makes of it.

  35. Ahmed Ali on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:05 AM 

    Dear Editor of Minivan News;
    Are you really an independent news reporter? If so try reporting without factually and without bias. It was not a member of the MDP that died due to being viciously stabbed by an iron pole. It was a young man from the Maldives Police Service. Have some shame and some respect and try not to appropriate sympathy for the MDP by reporting his death adn his political allegiance incorrectly. If reports are correct it was persons loyal to MDP that carried out the fatal atatcking. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT IF YOU WANT TO BE ACCEPTED AS AN UNBIASED NEWS SOURCE.

  36. Boss on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:07 AM 

    Our religion “ISLAM” walks-above all the Maldivians.

    What President Nasheed has done was arresting a Judge – who has been conducting and concluding Criminal Acts and offences against Islamic-Law. This judge’s justice was to release corrupted bussinesmen like, Dictator bro, Yaameen, Gasim (who has gathered all the wealths by reaping the Maldivians).

    So when the right and proper law (according to the book of Allah SWT and as per Haddees of Umah’s prophet Mohammed SAW) was implemented by our President Nasheed; these bloody bussinesmen was unable to tolerate (as they will be brought to justice for a fair trial, once the new judiciary is elected). And all their “HARAAM” wealth will be gone to astray.

    The last resort for them was to pay few Green-Color notes to the MNDF and Police and let them force our president to resign – by pointing a gun at him – and saying that they will shoot to the public if he do not resign.

    So, to save our faith of ISLAM – we believe our President Honourable Nasheed has done the right thing – by acting over the Judiciary.

    One day Allah Subahanahu Wata’aalaa will give the reward for his truthful work.

    All our prayers to Allah SWT is with our President Hounourable Nasheed – may Allah guide him and his family to pray to Allah SWT more than 5 times a day and read wholly Quran as much as they could, for the only sake of Allah SWT.

  37. sha on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:14 AM 

    maldives back to dictatorship and ownership of Maumoon,constitution is under his power now and in his power,constitution means restrictions to everything MDP&nasheed does…Police is back to being slaves of Maumoon,back to slavery…that’s what they wanted.welcome back to maumoondom,idiot country!

  38. Asif on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:30 AM 

    I dont understand why all these rubbish happenning to only muslim nations in the world.
    As a Sri Lankan i had worked in Male’ Maldives for 8 years and what a peaceful country it had been and indeed i am very very sad to hear the latest development.As usual i can only Pray for Maldives.

  39. Ibrahim on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 8:32 AM 

    If Gayoom comes to power again, it i the end of Maldives. Sadly we Maldivians do not know what democracy is all about. We are used to live in dictorships. THIS IS THE END OF MALDIVES.

  40. Logic on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:00 AM 

    Elements of Police ? 60 – 70 MNDF Officers ?

    There were more than a thousand !

    Seems to me Minivan news is finding it difficult to digest this latest development and the fall of Nasheed….

  41. tsk tsk on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:04 AM 

    Maldives returns to a technocratic government to peacefully administer the country.

    I welcome the silence of the post-Nasheed world. No street-revelry, no loud condemnations of past wrongs, no ebullient declarations that the government belongs to this person or that.

    Sorry Nasheed, as your ardent supporter Ahmed pointed out you were your own undoing. I urge you not to use Minivan and your party supporters to create further havoc and dissension in this country. We are a nation now and not a a warring State any longer. God bless the Maldives.

  42. Hani on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:22 AM 

    The misled sheep that think this was some sort of “peoples revolution” make me laugh. You morons all make me ashamed to be Maldivian.

    He resigned because he was smart enough to realise that it was a coup.

    You can’t hold someone at gunpoint, steal all their **** and then say it wasn’t armed robbery because you never took the shot.

    This is a victory for the corrupt.

    How could you possibly say the opposition knows anything about freedom when the first thing they did, even before the President resigned, was to change the names of tv & radio stations?

    If you watch the “news” on VTV (Villa TV), owned by Qasim Ibrahim, a member of the opposition; you’ll see just how messed up these people are. It shows nothing but one sided propaganda with reporters and news crew expressing personal opinions (all of them scripted against whatever Qasim wants).

    On the other side of the spectrum, the religious extremists who are also a part of this opposition mob (who have no unifying policies are are destined to self destruct); have already claimed victory for their “Islamic Shariah” which they seek to impose. If these people come to power, it is truly the end of democracy and freedom in the Maldives. They use religion as a political tool to spread fear and hatred. If you are against them, you are somehow against god and therefore OK to murder. In this sense, they make it impossible to be against them because they equate themselves so much with what is holy.

    These are strange times indeed.

  43. Mohamed on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 9:40 AM 

    Eleanor Johnstone, are you working in Maldives or a Tourist?

  44. Ahmed Z. Adam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:01 AM 

    Change is good. Change brought around too soon cannot be digested. History bears witness to this from President Mohamed Amin Didi’s case and now from President Mohamed Nasheed’s case. Each of these leaders brought good change (as well as change that people could not digest so fast) and opposition played their best politics in these 2 cases as well. Let’s see if the politicans can walk the talk.

  45. tsk tsk on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:08 AM 

    Hmmm true. That is a valid question. I think Ms. Johnstone and Mr. Robinson have overstayed their welcome.

    Foreigners are supposed to respect the sovereignty of countries they visit. We cannot allow foreign people to write articles that interfere with our domestic affairs.

    I think the best thing to do is to kindly advise Ms. Johnstone and Mr. Robinson that they are welcome to enjoy our country or work in it as long as they refrain from commenting on internal affairs and politics in public fora. It is after all common courtesy.

    I hope Ms. Johnstone and Mr. Robinson will be civilized enough to accept this criticism.

  46. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:12 AM 

    There is absolutely no way that democracy can be seen under the present circumstances. Precedent has been set. A corrupt judge and his rise above the law brought down a lawfully elected government. I warned weeks before that this would be a battle to the bitter end as far as the Gayyoom regime die hards were concerned. They were never going to let the judiciary out of their fists, for doing so would have led to their own incarceration.

    Unfortunately for MDP, they buried their head in the sands, and didn’t see the tide rising against them from a very unexpected source. You can clearly see some of those behind the coup as they presented themselves as the “saviours” of the nation when they tried to “negotiate” infront of the MNDF HQ.

    For those wishfully thinking that this brings calm and peace to the nation, my warning is that you’re very wrong. A very dangerous precedent has been set and none of the wrongs of the past has been resolved. Changing an elected government at the point of a gun will never lead to a peaceful transition. Those with guns and batons took control yesterday, but they can’t take control of the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people in this country.

    There is no technocratic government in place! In fact, hardly a government is in place at all. If Waheed has any sense, he’ll call for elections sooner rather than later.

  47. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:38 AM 

    President Nasheed has gained world wide respect and admiration for the way he chose his Country over his power. The Opposition simply can’t digest it and they will be doing everything they can between now and the next election to ensure that President Nasheed’s reputation is ruined. Well, for those of us who believe in him and respect him, any nonsense that the Opposition sprouts will be just something to laugh about over coffee.

    This was a military coup and anyone arguing it not to be must go and look it up in the dictionary.

    When a bunch of Police and Military personnel sold out their own Country for a bigger bank balance, what’s to stop these same people from doing it again for a bigger prize next time? And they will have no loyalty to Yameen, Gasim or Thasmeen or Maumoon or whoever who filled their pockets this time. They will do it again for someone else and retire to lead a rich and happy life! Now these people will rule by force, and because people are scared of what they may do, we’ll obey them. But make no mistake, THERE WILL BE NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER left for these thieves! They have betrayed all of us and one day Insha Allah, they will pay for it. They should spend as much of that money as they can now, for when they die and go to their graves, they won’t be able to take it with them!

    Yameem, Gasim, Thasmeen, Maumoon and Adhaalath buggers, keep in mind that what goes around comes around, and pretty soon you guys are going to be overthrown by the same military and police heroes who took your money today. So take my advice and get rid of those people today! But of course you’ll have to be careful to do it in such a way so as not to expose yourselves!

  48. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:38 AM 

    @tsk tsk on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:08 AM

    “I think the best thing to do is to kindly advise Ms. Johnstone and Mr. Robinson that they are welcome to enjoy our country or work in it as long as they refrain from commenting on internal affairs and politics in public fora”.

    Aha, signs of our newly laid down “democracy” already eh? Is that a threat? Even I didn’t expect it would start this soon…

    I knew it’d start at some point; Maldives goes back to its old ways…

  49. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:41 AM 

    The very fact that Ahmed Nazim, in MNDF is back in power shows that the Waheed administration loves THIEVES and CORRUPT officials!

  50. aimin on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 10:42 AM 

    your are the best president Mr.Nasheed.. we love you very much…

  51. Rauna on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:04 AM 

    Police and MNDF has proven that money can buy anything. Whatever,We have to think positively. With this long protests every night, the foreign investors was very shaky no confidence plus the european economy is going down. Now the people who have advocated for no tax, to give the Civil service money etc.must come in to force. The dollar rate has to come down. All drugies should be beheaded.
    Heard; VP Gasim
    Home minister : Umar Naseer

  52. ibrahim on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:05 AM 

    Whats a shame!
    We are back 30years. Today the Notorious Police are in power. No rule of law and no constitution. MDP hauruge is taken over by the Police/MNDF.
    There is no more court order required. The corrupt police are in charge and in hands with the well know THUGS & CROOKs.

  53. Rinzy on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:06 AM 

    Hopefully the era of of chaos and anarchy is over. Anni lost his right to lead the nation the day he ordered the army to kidnap a judge. What we saw yesterday was the re-establishment of rule of law.

  54. Ali Saleem on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:18 AM 

    You call it a coup or anything else,but the fall of our new democratically elected president was due to him being hijacked by his own elite whom he thought were his actual supporters, like Reeko Moosa, Maria, Zaki & many more. They are to blame for their fall yesterday. We never expected it to happen in the next few decades. Nasheed should have lowered his arrogance over civilians.

  55. A.M on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:43 AM 

    The toppling of a democratically elected government by the security forces of the country should never be an option. If the security forces are unhappy with the executive there are means and ways to deal with it. Similarly if the executive is unhappy with the judiciary or the legislature there are means and ways to deal with it. Democracy is dead in Maldives. Our next president or the next one or the next one will never be able to fully trust the security forces and he/she will be at their whim. And as for the people, they will have no guarantee that the president they elect will be able to carry-out their mandate for a full-term.

  56. neem on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 11:53 AM 

    police and MNDF already proved that money is everything

  57. attaturk on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:06 PM 

    Mohamed Nasheed(Anni) is a radical racist who was working for a few of the elite(beyfulhu) families of male’ who were finding it hard to digest the educational and material growth of the rest of male’ and the islanders whome they have considered slaves for centuries…democracy was just an excuse to get maumoon out of the way and bixneses in thr names through co-operations..his actions straight after becoming president proved dat he was in no way for equal r8s and oportunities unless you gave your allegiance to him and the people who were pulling the strings all along and supporting thr anarchist propoganda..the activists became ‘slaves’ of the regime for petty financial gains and are the only real support nasheed has left in the country, and comprises of notorious criminals and social outcasts and tried to adopt the shive sena like tactics of Gunda raj…the worst side of nasheed is dat to win the sympthy of the international community he has tried his best to label the maldives as a country of ‘terrorists’ which no maldivian in their r8 mind would blv….no just ruler would have disregarded the dignity of his people for personal glory as nasheed has….

  58. Ahmed X on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:26 PM 

    What a shame! the police has lost their credibility and now it is hard to respect these blue uniformed police men after they brought down the first democratically elected president of maldives.

    During the past three year of MDP government ordinary Maldivians were happy, they were proud and had a sense of achievement amongst, living and participating in a democratic nation. Now everything is lost, media black out, our parliamentarians and activists are in jail and we do not know were they have kept President Nasheed or how is his health.

  59. Ahmed X on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:35 PM 

    February 7, 2013 Welcome to Gayooms era of tyranny again.

  60. kudoo on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:37 PM 

    this is something worse practice of crook police in the maldives

  61. egon on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:39 PM 

    There will be no fair judgements from the courts as long as there are corrupt judges. There are so many cases against the former regime ppl but have you ever heard of a single person being tried and found guilty? Do you all think it was just a corrupt free 30 year rule without a sigle ruifiyaa or dollar being put in their so innocent pockets? you will keep on defending them cos you have all been benifited some way or another from all this. I never got any benifit from maumoon or anni…but i can see right from wrong

  62. egon on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:42 PM 

    and id like to add to that…anni did a few things which were bad..but a lot of things which were good in 3 years….maumoon did a few good things and a lot of bad things in 30 years

  63. Ekaloa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 12:57 PM 

    MDP what a cry baby now, you guys try to bring coup always, but not in success, people of Maldives has brought this coup not MNDF

  64. mohmaed yamaam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:06 PM 

    I salute the services of mohamed nasheed our former president . and his fellow cabinet ministers for the tireless effort to reform the country . bottom line this was a milatary coup organised by the desperate opposion to regain power . The desperate opposion had no ohter means to overthrow this goverment . If they faced a free and fair election they will face bitter defeat in 2013 .

  65. Larry[geordie]Dodds on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:31 PM 

    Surely every Maldivian knew that Gayoom ran the Maldives as his own personal business–the question>>are you ready for the same???

  66. naina on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:41 PM 

    The trouble began when a judge was taken away without a court order but looked after very well. He was not beaten, thrashed, dragged. Police Jinah and others were taken handcuffed dragged and pushed in front of local TV. A lot of people listed for travel ban without any court order. A group of Police went and damaged an office, party jagaha and Ministers’s houses beat people and they are being treated for broken hands etc. But no media or lawyer has talked about this. Now all this is allowed which was a crime in the Nasheed administration.
    Maumoon & his family were allowed to pack and go to their homes but Nasheed’s family was not allowed. His belongings were checked by MNDF and Police.
    Yesterday was a sad day where we saw MNDF and Police acting as activists. They are not paid to do that. They have to show good examples. I fear this is a beginning of very bad beginning.

  67. Jaiz Maathoda on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:44 PM 

    I am begging to International communities to help us to implement democratic government in this country, bloody dictator Maumoon and gang star Yameen are trying to kill all the MDP members in this country and defense force said they don’t want implement party system in Maldives,Adhaalath party sheikh Imraan said we should believe religious concept of Alqaidha, if not police gonna arrest us, please please can somebody help us..

  68. aa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 1:45 PM 

    Nasheed was a good leader. But he was a forced to protect the personal interests of few powerful corrupt members like Reeko in his party and it eventually led to end of his regime. Even some some senior members are starting to admit that now. MDP should know that they are not the above law and I hope that they learnt a lesson from this! Police and Army pledged that they will not obey unlawful orders from any leader.

  69. Anees on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:08 PM 

    The government installed by rebel elements of the police and the military loyal to the former leader of 30 years of dictatorial rule is illegitimate at its best.

    Assuming that president Nasheed (now overthrown in a police-led military coup) acted against the constitution in the arrest of Abdulla Mohamed CJ and he refused to heed to calls from the judiciary, among others, biased as they are, the police or military tired of just three weeks of unarmed demonstrator (imagine a drawn out armed struggle!) should have realised a coup was not the right course of action to have unseated the government.

    First, the military by holding the CJ Abdulla, though on the order of the president, violated the Constitution by carrying out an unlawful order if it is so considered inasmuch as did the president by ordering. Second, the police and military betrayed the public against their oath to protect the government and the state from threats whether coming from outside or from within.

    The international community is expected therefore to condemn the action of the security forces and the Vice President conspiring with the opposition to oust the legitimate government of the country.

  70. zan on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:27 PM 

    Allah knows the best…maybe he has better and bigger plans for maldives.May God Bless Every Maldivian and there beloyed country.

  71. addu on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:33 PM 

    Reekoa, Mariya & Zaki a good combination to make Anni resign….But the main reason behind it was Yaamin, Qasim, Thasmeen and similar power-hungry crooks bribed some ordinary Police officers (like those looted & blackmailed Bangladeshi workers) and those MNDF officers who are angry with Nasheed regarding their promotion issues….And again Vice President took advantage of the situation fully and unfairly

  72. Ahmed X on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:38 PM 

    All of this proves Reeko Moosa right in his judgment. Democracy is ki11ed at infancy.

    The people didn’t know the seriousness of Reeko Moosa’s words. This is what you get when you try to play democracy with old Gayoom regimes crime infested corrupted people.

  73. Ahmed X on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:41 PM 

    This Government is illegitimate.

  74. Azra on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 2:50 PM 

    Minivan…. do you seriously have blinders on or something???
    The man hijacked our constitution in the name of cleaning up so to usurp all powers to himself… he couldnt do it any longer when the police and military refused to back him up and obey unlawful orders.
    Seriously… spin doctors you are!

  75. Nelfa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:13 PM 

    I love police.
    I love MNDF.

    …this website is biased

    .

  76. Yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 3:22 PM 

    The typical MDP blame game. They have been blaming Qayyoom before coming to power, while they were in power and not after they are removed from power. For God’s sake we all know why you were removed. MDP has brought chaos, fear and violence to Male’ by producing all those thugs and gangs. Anni has made a mess out of this country. Didn’t you all see all those ordinary maldivians protestinf against Anni and his MDP since last 10 days. The police joined them when they coudln’t stand anymore. The police were ordered to harm their own people and they couldn’t take it anymore. Qayyoom was not the one who ordered to beat the protesters. Qayyoom has rather stayed away from all this. MDP cannot accept its lost. The people of this country chose MDP thrree years ago, but now its the very same people who chose to remove Anni because of his unpopular policies and violence against his own people. So MDP, stop your blame game now and start feeling sorry for what you have done to your own people. Be humans and take responsibility of the mess you have done.

  77. peasant on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:03 PM 

    A military coup is nothing to celebrate, Nasheed could easily have been removed from office in 2013, the only catch was to trump him on election day. Since that wasn’t possible without the majority support of people, they did themselves even better.

    So now, future Presidents- the Police and Army need to be satisfied first, peoples will be damned. It is the law of the jungle, strength = power.

    I’m so ashamed, so infuriated, so saddened, like many voters who voted for a better future and not immediate gratification, I felt a sense of loss which can’t be verbalized. But there is nothing left to do but to wait and one day tell these idiots, “I told you so”, but what for? The ship has already sunk.

    tsk tsk- I always pick on you because you are the worst, someone who clearly knows but chooses (or pretends) to be ignorant. Good luck with your crocodiles, I hope you guys got enough to feed them, if not you will be their last meal.

  78. Mariyam on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:04 PM 

    Fili Waheed’s son’s name is Jeffery? Isn’t this enough evidence to show that he is not a Muslim? He will go down in history as the worst CROOK of the country. He did not know that wat he did was digging his own grave. We are Indian descendants. So history of India is our history. Mind you, Fili Waheed, Indira Ghandhi was killed by her own bodyguards. You are a slow snail. People of Maldives will never wait and see what you killed: democracy, that we worked so hard to win!!! You and Maumoon will have to pay with your life and blood for your actions.

  79. Mikalo-O on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:06 PM 

    After all what is being said and done,President Waheed’s presidency is on “kinfe’s edge” and calls for caution!

    President Nasheed have acted gentlemanly. Under whatsoever circumstance he resigned, highly appreciate the act!

    “Rule of Law” should prevail. Constitution to achieve this must be straightforward, clear and effective!

    Based on the fact that around a hundred or so police to start with, and 60 to 70 members of the MNDF thereafter joining the opposition calling for the president’s release, and the chain of events which took place, it is possible to believe as “coup d’etat”.

    In politics anything can happen! Time will tell!!!!!

  80. willman (UK) on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 4:32 PM 

    People of the Maldives – do you honestly think that tourists will now want to visit the Maldives. You have killed the goose (tourism) that lays the golden egg! It take a long time to build a reputation but it can be (and has been) destroyed overnight.

  81. Dhivehi Hanguraama on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 5:56 PM 

    Tourists are morons; in any case, why would a change in government effect their experience?

    Of course they’ll keep visiting you twit.

  82. Maldivian in Africa on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:24 PM 

    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.

  83. shocked on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:31 PM 

    Still call what army and police did not a coup?? killing ppl peacefully protesting by army is not coup then coup does not exist!

    who ever said this is not coup trying and sleep with a clear conscience,

    and good job selling the freedom of Maldivian ppl to the army and police … hope u guys are proud!

  84. 2000feet on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:45 PM 

    Ask them wat is coup? wat do you call when a democratically elected president was forced to resign at gunpoint?this is barbaric and m ashamed of Maldivian security elements.this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life.iam sure most of the maldivians would not accept this kinda barbaric behavior from security forces. I plea international community to act on this matter and UN to intervene.
    Have you seen the independent VTV showing children’s songs.is that the free media we were talking about? pathetic

  85. RecycleBrah on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:02 PM 

    The news of all the alcohol bottles deeply troubles me.

    I hope for the sake of this country and the environment that the bottles are taken care of in the most environmentally sensitive manner.

    They should be taken to the recycle plant. They maybe materials of haram nature, but that does not mean that we should treat it any different.

    Stay Green, stay safe

  86. yasir on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 7:28 PM 

    @William (UK): Tourists are still coming to this country. They have not been affected at all by what has happened in Male’. When former president Nasheed was gicing his resignation speech on TV, there was a Vogue photo shoot going on in the Four Seasons Resort of Maldives. The tourists have a different world in this country. They are never affected by our civil problems and domestic issues. They are coming to this country and will come. If you don’t want to come, just stay happy in your cold rainy two by two feet match box house in UK. We are not begging you to come to Maldives.

  87. sad days for ordinary people on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 12:32 AM 

    I guess more than half of the general public is wondering about their and their children’s lives. (The not so political group). Ofcourse most of this group would be in some way or another forced to incline on a side in public, when everything is on the line, especially when there’s blood on the streets.

    Ex-P Nasheed made mistakes; but as someone said earlier, he made a lot less mistakes than good as opposed to what was the norm before.

    Some of us have consistently been blaming police or mndf as a whole through out. But we cannot blame them enmasse. I’m sure a lot of them are with us, ordinary citizen.

    Let us be true to ourselves and not forget the only thing we can all agree upon is that we will all die; and very shortly compared to world or universe historics!

  88. neutral on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:21 AM 

    is waheed a democratically elected president? if not please have an election !!!!
    After all even Nasheed is asking for the same !!!!
    All politicians are corrupted !!!!
    but let the people select the least corrupted person and make him their president by an election !!!!
    stop the blood shed !!!!

  89. Darla on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 7:55 AM 

    Well! This whole country is filled with barbarians! Corrupted people! The police and the defense force is to protect the nation and took an oath to perform their duties. Honestly they went far more against this! How more can these people be corrupted! The police chose sides and are politically biased. With this way of empowering the armies for political gain wont get the country anywhere. This whole thing shows us the security forces do have the right to mutiny against any leader who goes against their views? How is this fair at any point! I wonder if the current president has the total control to rule over this country without being intimidated by the security forces how they can make him step down his presidency any minute.

  90. Radhun on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 9:47 AM 

    This was not a coup nor a mutiny by the police or armed forces. We have seen dictatorial actions by Nasheed and his Party gangs.
    If Nasheed was forced by Armed forces at Gun point why didnt he say so at the announcement of his resignation. Surely he wasnt at gun point in front of the media.
    Nasheed is a liar and not fit to lead our country. He should start doing what he is good at be an opporsition voice.
    Nasheed got his chance but failed and destroyed our economy.
    We will not let him come. President Nasheed is the worst dictator we have ever seen and yet he wears suit of democracy.

    Minivan has never been an independant news paper and their reports are full of lies and very back dated. Minivan news is owned by President nasheed’s own brother Nazim.

  91. john frusciante on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 1:21 PM 

    its molotov cocktail from here onwards!

  92. addu on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 3:12 PM 

    That was indeed, a coup….Qasim & Yaameen invested for the coup….this time these very dirty & Maldivians, blood-drinking guys paid money to some Police & MNDF Officers

  93. Kamaladasa on Thu, 9th Feb 2012 4:30 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.

  94. heartbroken on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 1:46 PM 

    Dear Maldivians,

    Like most third world democracies you are also making the same mistakes. Mistakes which make democracy ineffective and corrupt. It is high time that you sat back and started thinking.

    Hopefully you may have democracy back in a while. Hopefully you may have a chance to elect the people who are going to rule/serve you.

    Elect honest people who want to serve the people. I am sure there are plenty of worthy men and women in Maldives. Please do no ignore or persecute them any more.

    Appoint people who are educated and have the qualifications to hold important government posts. Especially the judiciary and the executive. Surely there are more than enough educated Maldivians to fill those posts.

    Do not make the grave mistake of electing rich businessmen again as your leaders. They want to be in power with the sole intention of protecting and enriching their businesses. Please understand this.

    These elite, super rich, business men can buy anyone (politicians, judges or police men), they will control the media, the judiciary and the executive. They will do anything in their power to protect the money they make by exploiting the masses. They will use deception, lies, violence and religion to brainwash, divide and control you like puppets.

    This is so very evident in the mindless comments of those who support these scoundrels. They blindly believe in their lies and propaganda. Please sit back and think for a minute what you are doing.

    Would you sell your souls for the few dollars you get for supporting these scoundrels? Would you rather your children remain poor, brainless suckers, while these scoundrels and their families laugh all the way to the bank?

    Stop being mindless fools.

    No Anni or superman can save you, if you elect these crooks again to power along with him. No Anni can take any progressive measures to improve the condition of Maldivians, if he is constantly opposed by the scoundrels that you yourselves have elected.

    You have hope. You have a future. No one else can help you but yourselves to make it happen. You have to start thinking and acting sensibly. Do not let these scoundrels brainwash, fool, and enslave you anymore.

    It is not that difficult.

  95. Miranda on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 11:23 PM 

    If my memory serves me correctly, the Maldives have enacted a huge campaign to relocate their island citizens leading traditional lives away from the beaches and fisheries that sustain them and onto more “climate safe” large islands. This has lead to widespread poverty, increase in crime rates, and disastrous health consequences for the relocated communities (brought from rural islands to city slums), all in the name of safety from the rising sea level of climate change. 

    HOWEVER, at the same time, the government is allowing (and encouraging) giant ultra-luxury resorts to be built on those same islands that were stolen from the inhabitants in the name of safety. These resorts cater to the megabucks customers, fetching thousands of dollars per night from the likes of movie stars, oil moguls, and CEOs. 

    If the president were really worried about the human toll of rising waters, and committed to minimizing climate change for the benefit of his people and the world, no development would be permitted on the supposedly “unsafe” islands. But, conveniently, it’s exceedingly lucrative for the government to disposes subsistence indigenous people of their land and water. Sounds like maybe what’s actually threatened by sea level rise is the land-grab enabled tourism industry.

    I’m all for sound climate change policy, but before we go extolling the virtues of this “climate advocate,” let’s consider the possibility of ulterior motives. Also could explain why people would be mad enough to expel him at gunpoint for continuing to silence objectors.

    Source: The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

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