Opposition People’s National Congress’ (PNC) President Abdulla Abdul Raheem (Adhurey) has alleged that Indian military personnel was involved in impeding the ‘Neyva Holhiah’ mass rally that took place in Male’ City this evening.
Speaking to the press amidst the rally, Adhurey said that the opposition’s mass rally was impeded by the police on an unlawful order.
“The people, did not by any means, get out to bring down the government. What we are all concerned about is the presence of Indian military personnel in the country, nothing else. To raise voice against this,” he had said.
Adhurey has alleged that Indian military personnel had been involved in impending today’s rally.
“Indian soldiers are here at present even. The Indian soldiers are here in plain clothes – and these people (police) are taking commands from them and acting upon them. Acting in accordance with the commands issued by them (Indian soldiers),” he had said.
Stressing that this is proof of how slaved the Maldives has become – Adhurey said that local police and military are presently commanded by Indian military and the Indian government.
He added that all citizens need to take to the roads in order to stop the situation from deteriorating any further.
Police have yet to make a statement regarding the allegations raised by the Adhurey.
Spearheaded by Yameen, ‘India Out’ campaign – which calls for the removal of Indian military personnel from the country – has gained significant momentum across the Maldives recently. Events have been held under the campaign at different islands across the nation – whilst a mass rally took place in the capital this evening.
‘Neyva Holhiah’ mass rally at Male’ City this evening as part of the ‘India Out’ campaign was held despite warnings by the police against holding it.
When the rally had commenced – Police had impeded it, obstructing the participants. A number of civilians and politicians taking part in the rally have been arrested as well.
A Police Spokesperson said that 11 individuals were arrested from the rally over obstruction of justice.
Male’ City Deputy Mayor Ahmed Nareesh was arrested from the road prior to the commencement of the rally.
Guraidhoo MP Ghassan Maumoon, Maavah MP Mohamed Saeed and former Hoarafushi MP Mohamed Ismail are also among those who have been arrested.
In a statement released by the opposition coalition this evening over the Police’s obstruction of their rally, the coalition condemned the government’s efforts to impede a peaceful demonstration planned, in compliance with the necessary laws.
They also urged to give a chance to carry on with the peaceful demonstration – and also requested to not physically assault civilians participating in the event.