A tense calm reigned Thursday morning in the streets of Male, the capital of the Maldives, a day after the country's former president and his supporters clashed with the police.
The unrest in the Indian Ocean nation, which has reportedly spread beyond Male to outlying islands, is the result of the ouster Tuesday of Mohamed Nasheed - the country's first democratically elected president in three decades - after opposition demonstrations and a police revolt.
Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign at gunpoint in a coup, has called for his successor - his former vice president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan - to leave office. His account is contested by political opponents who say Nasheed is destabilizing the country.
On Wednesday, Nasheed found himself back in the familiar role of street protester.
His party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), said the former president and several lawmakers had been beaten by police during what it described as "a peaceful protest."
Video footage posted online by RaajeTV, a user-submitted video sharing site, showed a group of police officers entering a store and escorting Nasheed out into the street. It did not show him being beaten.FULL STORY