Tourists should protest in the Maldives, says Nasheed

Tourists should protest in the Maldives, says Nasheed
March 28 12:51 2018

Tourists to the Maldives should protest and be “mindful” about what is happening in the country, former president Mohamed Nasheed has said.

Nasheed, who made the comments in an interview published Wednesday, said holidaymakers should call for the protection of human rights, the resignation of President Abdulla Yameen and the release of political prisoners.

“Tourists should be mindful about what’s happening in the Maldives; they really should be mindful,” he told The Diplomat. “You should have your good life, you should enjoy your holiday, but it’s important also to be aware of where we are coming from while you are there, the difficulties we are going through. Every little thing helps. A picture you tweet from your holiday helps.”

He was asked how they could protest.

“A billboard, a T-shirt. And I would seriously encourage for goodness sake they must do it. They must be coming to the Maldives with T-shirts blaring,” he replied.

The Maldives is experiencing its most politically turbulent period in years, following a shock Supreme Court ruling that then triggered a 45-day state of emergency.

Scores of people were arrested during anti-government protests and riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds.

Travel advisories from key markets failed to make a dent on visitor arrival numbers for February, however, and the government gave repeated assurances that the unrest was confined to the capital and resorts were unaffected.

It has been claimed, however, that the tourism industry was losing US$20 million a day and facing “financial ruin” since the state of emergency was declared.

Tourism accounts for a third of the Maldives’ gross domestic product, measured at $3.5 billion in 2017.

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  1. Private Tourist
    March 30, 03:16 #1 Private Tourist

    As much as I support Nasheed over Yameen I do feel this call for Tourists to actively protest against the President a little immature and smacks of desperation.

    When I am paying tens of thousands of dollars to relax on holiday the last thing I want to do as a Tourist is place my holiday and family members at risk. Being temporaily detained or delayed because of ‘misconduct’ could cost a holidaying family thousands.

    It would be far better Nasheed if you did more lobbying of world governments than Tourists. Or come up with better ideas.

    The only other option is for a Nationwide STRIKE of all baggage handlers, Air traffic controllers and fisherman etc. yameen cannot imprison the whole of the Maldives population. They could do this in a series of one day strikes organised on social media to get the SOE lifted and after for more concessions and then on and on.

    You could avoid the word ‘Strike’ and call it MALDIVIAN SICK DAY where everyone calls in ‘sick for work’ this would be legal and hard for the government to police and punish as everyone could call their doctor or attend medical centers with ‘complaints of symptoms’ to make it kegitimate. This could paralyze the tourist infustry.

    Also, as it is not technically a political protest, force majure or a strike Tourists would be able to claim travel insurance .

    I hope you are reading this Nasheed because your lack of imagination and resourcefulness is very dissapointing.

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  2. Frequent Vistor
    April 03, 23:12 #2 Frequent Vistor

    I also would support Nasheed over Yameen, but I also feel the call for Tourists to actively protest against the President is misguided. Another Nasheed idea was for the tourists to stop coming to the Maldives, however the first casualties would be all the resort workers, who are not responsible for this mess.

    I have once before postured the the option of a day of Nationwide action of all baggage handlers, Air traffic controllers and dockers.
    A national sick day is a great idea.

    I hope “Anni” does read these comments. I would be happy to assist in many ways to help free the Maldivians from this despot dictator.

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