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Police Tear Gas Peaceful Rally in Malé


Maldivian police tonight arbitrarily arrested parliamentary candidate for Hulhuhenveiru (T01) Ahmed Saleem (Marz Saleem) along with six others, while they were at a peaceful demonstration in Male', the capital island. He and other detainees from the gathering are presently incarcerated at Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre on Dhoonidhoo island. Riot police sprayed tear gas into the peaceful gathering without provocation. Police then baton-charged the gathering, seriously injuring several members of the public, including women. Police have now cordoned off huge areas in the capital. The public had gathered peacefully in front of the Elections Commission Office to demand answers frm the Commission on rumours of vote rigging in the Hulhumale' constituency. Saleem's electoral rights are being denied by the autocratic MDP regime. The public is being denied their constitunional right to peaceful gathering & the freedom of expression. President Nasheed's government has been in power fr just six months. Government intimidation and threats of violence by government backed gangs have robbed frightened innocent citizens of their right to free and fair elections. Nasheed is on public record threatening any constituency which elects an opposition MP. Tonight, the roads of Male' are being patrolled by the army.

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