Trouble in paradise but tourism goes on normally in the Maldives


Maldives is an island country and plays a mayor role as an upscale tourism destination.

Most tourists take a boat from the airport island to their resorts.

eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world:

Visitors to Maldives are continuing to enjoy their dream holiday, while the situation on the capital island is turning ugly.

Police has been using excessive tear gas to end 3 days of peaceful demonstrations on the capital island of Male.

The Maldives’ opposition on Saturday vowed to regroup for a second night of demonstrations hours after police broke up a planned 72-hour protest demanding the release of the country’s ex-president and other political leaders.

Maldivian Democratic Party spokesman Hamid Abdul Gaffoor said the party is within its legal rights to continue the protests because police have unilaterally withdrawn from agreed terms.

The opposition party is demanding the release from jail of former President Mohamed Nasheed, ex-Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim and opposition leader Sheik Imran Abdulla, as well as the withdrawal of court action against 1,700 political activists.

Opposition leaders says the actions against the leaders and activists are the result of a political vendetta by the current president, Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Gaffoor said that during an earlier discussion with the party, the police had agreed to allow a three-day protest as long as sound systems were not used after midnight. However, they withdrew their permission after the government interfered, he said.

Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison for ordering the arrest of a top judge when he was president in 2012. Nazim is serving a 10-year sentence for illegal possession of a pistol, and Abdulla has been detained for allegedly inciting violence at an anti-government protest in May.