Former Maldives president beaten, his party says
Mohamed Nasheed became the country's first democratically elected president in 30 years in 2008.
February 8th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Former Maldives president beaten, his party says

Police attacked the former Maldives president Wednesday, beating him up a day after he stepped down, the Maldivian Democratic Party said.

"We strongly condemned the violent attack by the Maldivian Police Service on President (Mohamed) Nasheed and senior officials of the MDP," the party said in a written statement. "President Nasheed is being beaten up as of now in an ongoing peaceful protest."

Four members of Parliament were abducted as violence gripped the nation's capital, Male, lawmaker Eva Abdulla said, and the head of the party was hospitalized in critical condition.

Police sprayed tear gas and beat demonstrators with batons, she said, and the brutal violence left some protesters bleeding in the streets.

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  1. SUPERMAN

    They need valium! Cant people just chill?

    February 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Good God, y'all!

    February 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BOMBO ©

    Bad president, bad president, whatcha gonna do,
    Whatcha gonna do when they come for you

    February 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BOMBO ©

    Remind me never to spit on the sidewalk in Maldives.

    February 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Remind me to never GO there!

      February 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    They do things differently there. I can't imagine the RCMP doing this to the Canadian Prime Minister.

    February 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Emi

    We, as Maldivian citizens did not want this to happen. Now its an Anni-Maumoon powerplay with the president as a puppet.
    Has CNN reported on the tear gas in schools?

    February 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Oh, my God, that is awful!!

      February 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I've learned over the years to get the details on international news stories from news sites from the country in question. I haven't gotten around to checking Maldives News sites yet. Are they state controlled?

      February 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ron

    Gosh!! Who knew this was even an option today? Remember when G W stepped down? If only.... well,you know.

    February 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Airy Fairy Bliss

    May I plead the international community to focus on the REAL issue here?? a legitimately elected government, the FIRST democratic government of a country had been toppled by mutinous factions within the police and the defense force that had sided with the opposition! This had led to escalating conflict, extreme police brutality against protesters supporting the ousted government and the popular President Nasheed, and unbelievable shocking acts of aggression against Nasheed's party members and activists. There is widespread unrest and conflict, and the police are beating down without regard for women, children or the elderly, and this has been caught on video footage even by the international media!

    Here in Maldives, the majority is religiously moderate, and we have been a peaceloving, tranquil people who have welcomed tourists of all religious faiths with open arms and our well known warm hospitality. Today the Maldivians need your help. So instead of assessing the religious aspects and what not that have absolutely no weight in this matter, could you please bring to the world's attention any way you can about the dire situation of this small island state? We are striving to defend democracy and our way of life, and we need the support of the international community to condemn these atrocious acts against humanity. This was a coup, and the newly sworn in president (the former vice president) is a traitor, who is currently trying very hard to fool the international community. The law enforcement is battering and slaughtering unarmed civilians they had sworn to protect, and the media is controlled by the government who are not reporting anything of these events. Whats happening is wrong, and anyone who defends and supports democracy should acknowledge that it is democracy that is being killed here, and they should stand up for Maldives.

    February 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Airy Fairy Bliss

    For updates please visit http://www.maldivesdemocracymovement.com, http://maldivianpatriots.blogspot.com, http://airyfairybliss.blogspot.com

    February 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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