Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the street on Friday afternoon as the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) resumed anti-government protests after a three-month hiatus.
The main opposition party halted street protests in mid-June amid negotiations with the government to secure the release of former President Mohamed Nasheed and other jailed politicians. The MDP withdrew from the talks in late August following Nasheed’s transfer back to Maafushi prison after two months under house arrest.
Protesters today called for the release of Nasheed, Adhaalath Party president Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and former defence minister Mohamed Nazim. Protesters also called on the police to arrest the perpetrators of a life-threatening attack against a member of Nasheed’s legal team, Mahfooz Saeed, last Friday.