Protesters who called for violence being summoned to Police

Some citizens of Angolhitheemu are being summoned by the police for questioning after they called for violence and bloodshed during a protest held in the island over the contentious MDN report.

Maldives Police Service confirmed that summons have been sent to some residents of Angolhitheemu due to their actions at the rally. However, the police did not disclose how many people are being brought in or the station and the date on which they are being summoned.

Several islands across the nation have been organizing protests and rallies to voice their approval on the report. Some participants of such rallies have called for violence against the authors of the report and other involved people.

Titled '‘Preliminary Assessment on Radicalization in the Maldives", the report issued by Maldivian Democratic Network (MDN) in 2016 challenged principles and teachings of Islam in the Holy Quran, and disrespected Prophet Mohamed (PBUH). The report outlined several verses from the Quran and 'hadith' of the prophet as examples of ideas that contribute to promulgation of radical worldviews.

The contents of the report prompted harsh criticism from the public and religious scholars, with scores expressing their outrage and concern on the report. The matter is currently being investigated by the police after Islamic Ministry filed a complaint.

On Monday, the Police revealed that they have begun their research into the report for the purposes of the investigation. They gave their assurance that appropriate measures will be taken as in the law.