Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vowed not to cease the ongoing protests until the present government is overthrown.
Speaking at a press conference held at the party’s office last night the party’s Spokesperson Imthiyaz ‘Inthi’ Fahmy said that the “Direct Immediate Action Campaign” started by the party will not end and that the continuous demonstration carried out with no regard for “rain or shine” will only end with the downfall of the current government or with an agreement for an early election.
He said that the first signs of the imminent downfall of the current government are already visible and called on everyone to join hands in bringing this government down. He also noted that unlike formerly staged marches, ‘direct immediate action’ will be more stressful for the Police to handle.
“Police won’t be perturbed much about the marches held on the roads. But such direct and immediate protests would be harder and more stressful to handle. We can now see the beginning of the downfall of this government,” he said.
Imthiyaz pointed out the Police brutality in dispersing peaceful protestors participating in the direct immediate action protests, which he alleges is the real face of the current government at the meeting which was attended by the former government’s cabinet members and leaders of MDP.
MDP stated that visiting US Ambassador to the Maldives Patricia A. Butenis also expressed concern at the means and methods used by the Police to disperse gatherings held by the MDP.
The direct immediate action protest which began yesterday morning continued on into late night and clashes ensued between Police and the protestors.