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Maldives Civic Coalition gives President Nasheed a wake up call

Male', Maldives.

Maldives Civic Coalition stated last night that it has not scheduled a second civil gathering in order to give President Nasheed time to fulfil the gathering's five demands.

Hundreds of Maldivians gathered yesterday at 4pm for an 8 hour vigil to show dissent against President Nasheed and his corrupt regime. The civil protest, which was supported by sister rallies all over the country, was the largest the country had seen in decades. It comes mid way through the 5 year term of MDP President Nasheed, elected on the back of a coalition funded by Maldivian businessman turned politician Gasim Ibrahim and foreign powers.

The scale of civic participation in last night's protest clearly demonstrate his growing unpopularity amongst the majority of the populace. Additionally, Maldivian civic commentary in mass media and social media channels document that President Nasheed is now deeply hated and blamed by the majority of the populace for the country's backslide into poverty, deprivation and hardship under his corrupt regime.

The five demands by the Civic Coalition last night were: immediate removal of demi-god statues from Addu; apology by President Nasheed for UNHRC Pillay's unfounded attack on Islam and the Maldivian people; halt of Israeli flights to Maldives; immediate halt to sale of alcohol on inhabited islands; and closure of prostitution houses in Maldives.

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