Police warn of legal action against protesters

Maldives Police Service has warned of legal action against the Progressive Coalition for continuing to organize and hold rallies in violation of the safety measures implemented by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Speaking at a press conference held by the Health Emergency Operation Centre on Friday night, Chief Superintendent Abdulla Shareed said while several measures are currently in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, the opposition continues to hold rallies and protests in violation of the measures. Such activities will not be tolerated, and legal action will be taken in such cases, said the superintendent.

Superintendent Abdulla said all such gatherings will be broken up by the police, and force will be used if necessary. The coalition’s actions are an obstruction of law enforcement and the governing the country, and the police will not hesitate to take action in such cases, he added.

The police called on the public not to participate in such gatherings, warning that such events puts the whole society at risk, including the participants of the protests as well as the police who are on duty on the streets.

The opposition has been holding serial protests, with the most recent rally held Friday evening calling on the government to provide housing under the flat schemes to those who are qualified for social housing.