Maldives: Nasheed`s supporters clash with police

Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 09:49

Male: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed`s supporters clashed with the security forces here during a rally to protest his ouster.

Protesters threw pavement cement blocks, glass marble pebbles and chilly dissolved water over the security forces on Wednesday.

After a confrontation for over two hours, protest was dismantled and roads were evacuated at around 1 am local time, Maldives police said.
More than 100 supporters have been arrested by police, Maldivian Democratic Party claimed at a press conference here.

MDP members had vowed that they will go on with these protests until the government of Waheed was removed from power and Presidential Elections were declared.

"MDP should understand that government cannot be toppled from the streets," President Mohamed Waheed said after opening the Dialysis Unit at a Hospital in HulhuMale`s island on Thursday.

On Wednesday night too at the Huraa island, Waheed said that do not judge the patience of government as if government was scared of anybody.

MDP spokesperson Imthiyaz `Inthi` Fahmy vowed to continue with the protest and added that a protest will be organised in Colombo this Sunday.

Fahmy also said MDP was going to withdraw Nasheed`s statement regarding the former president Maumoon, alleging that he was behind the coup.

Nasheed had resigned on February 07 this year in what he termed was a "coup" and was replaced by his then vice president Mohamed Waheed.
Meanwhile, the National Commission of Inquiry set by the Maldivian government to probe the events leading to the regime change is going on.


First Published: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 09:49

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