Young men on motorbikes confronted and tried to attack the opposition's presidential candidate.
Families to be relocated because of the airport's construction say they have received no information about moving or compensation.
A timeline of events since the presidential pledge to build an airport on the northern population hub.
The success of Maafushi - and the ensuing development of guesthouses - have sparked concerns. Construction noise has deterred guests, and the loss of sea views...
China remains the single highest supplier of tourists to the Maldives, but dwindling figures have heightened fears that the market has peaked.