Security forces descend on Villigili for Yameen visit

Security forces descend on Villigili for Yameen visit
September 27 16:22 2017

Hundreds of police and soldiers descended on the island of Villingili in Gaafu Alif atoll ahead of a visit from President Abdulla Yameen, cracking down on opposition protesters by removing banners and placards.

Around 300 security officers, some armed, were sent to Villingili two days prior to Yameen’s arrival according to atoll council president Ahmed Fuad.

“We have never seen anything like that.They were conducting military training exercises here in the evenings when children were out in the street.Our kids were scared. They (security officers) were marching and bellowing at the top of their voices,” he said.

Yameen arrived in Villingili Tuesday evening and inaugurated a Saudi Arabia-donated mosque. He also spoke at the atoll’s party headquarters and gave a speech at an official party function.

Banners and placards hung at the harbour protesting the arrest and criminal charges of lawmakers, imprisonment of political leaders and concerns with the judiciary were taken down before the president’s arrival, Fuad also said.

“The president did not want to see or hear our concerns. Lots of banners and placards were taken down the night we hung them. Even a fishing boat which hung a few banners was taken out of the harbour by the police,” he said.

He also alleged that members of the ruling party “intervened and blocked the opposition” from protesting.

“They weren’t protesters. They were there to stop us and the police let them run all over us,” said Fuad, who took part in the protest.

The Maldives Police Service was not available to comment at the time of publishing.

MDP vice president Mohamed Shifaz condemned the actions of the security forces.

“Yameen does not possess the ability to run a democracy. He is proving again and again that the people will be punished for raising their voice. However I applaud the bravery of the people of Villingili and call on all the citizens to protest Yameen’s tyranny,” he said.

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  1. dheyo
    October 04, 14:25 #1 dheyo

    YAG probably didn’t make that order, but the close circle of yes men that surround him probably thought it would hurt the presidents fragile ego.
    The stifling of dissent is troubling but not unexpected, opening the SA funded Jihadi school is more of worry for me.

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  2. Privare Tourist
    October 05, 22:39 #2 Privare Tourist

    You know it gets depressing when you read stuff like this. With the threat of terrorist attacks against tourists on resorts, Retard Yameen sends in the military to harrass innocent men women and children prior to his visit to Villigilli.

    Thats right, send in the ‘brave’ army to beat up some old men and children in a quiet village but keep them well away from any REAL danger of confronting and repelling terrorists on a resort…

    Yes resorts .the the places where people pay BIG money to pay Maldivian bills, food, water, electricity as well as filling Yameen’s hidden bank accounts and buying pepper sprays for his ‘brave’ police.

    Time is running out.

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