A large number of opposition supporters were arrested in the Maldives on Saturday at a rally organized by supporters of the Progressive Coalition
A large number of opposition supporters were arrested in the Maldives on Saturday at a rally organized by supporters of the Progressive Coalition.
The group of youngsters attempted to hold a motorcycle rally in capital Male’ in support of the opposition on Saturday evening. However, the police obstructed the group, citing that such gatherings cannot be allowed at a time when a public health emergency has been announced due to COVID-19. After the police hindered the rally from being held, several opposition supporters took to the streets to express their disdain. Pepper spray was used by the police to break up the gatherings, and a large number of protestors were arrested. Several vehicles belonging to the protestoers were towed.
Maldives Police Service said 41 people were arrested at the street protests for violating the Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s guidelines and for endangering the public during a health pandemic. The police urged all parties to adhere to the guidelines set by HPA and to prioritize the healyh and safety of the country’s citizens.