State of emergency - Day 11

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President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the Maldives on 5th February, after refusing to implement a Supreme Court ruling ordering the immediate release of nine high-profile figures

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Summary

- CPJ says they are concerned over attacks on journalists
- Hussain released from Police custody
- Leevaan released, Hussain still at ADK
- More footage of RaajjeTV's Hussain Hassan being taken to Police
- RaajjeTV's reporter Hussain Hassan taken to ADK hospital in police vehicle

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Zunana Zalif

Aishath Shaany

Rushdha Rasheed

16-February-2018 | Friday 14:52

04:12

Rushdha Rasheed

CPJ says they are concerned over attacks on journalists

K. Male'


Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says they are deeply concerned over arrests of VTV's Leevaan Ali Nasir and RaajjeTV's Hussain Hassan and reports that Hussain 'was badly beaten while in custody'.

In a tweet posted early on Saturday morning, CPJ called on the Government of Maldives to cease all threats and voilence against journalists immediately. 

 


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04:06

Rushdha Rasheed

Hussain released from Police custody

K. Male'


RaajjeTV's Hussain Hassan has been released from Police custody. Doctors say that he needs to stay at the hospital for 24 hours for additional observation. 


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02:48

Rushdha Rasheed

Leevaan released, Hussain still at ADK

K. Male'


VTV journalist Leevaan Ali Nasir released from Police custody. RaajjeTV's Hussain Hassan is still in ADK Hospital for treatment. 


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00:54

Zunana Zalif

RaajjeTV's reporter Hussain Hassan taken to ADK hospital in police vehicle

K. Male'


Reporter Hussain Hassan is in critical condition, unable to breathe properly and he has reportedly been tortured to a great extent.

Lawyer Moosa Siraj while speaking to RaajjeTV reported that Hussain is in a very critical condition, he reported that Hussain was evidently grabbed by the neck and dragged away by the police, he is seen motionless in the video.

 


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00:44

Zunana Zalif

Police has attacked RaajjeTV reporters, again

K. Male'


RaajjeTV reporters at the scene have again been heavily pepper-sprayed by the police. RaajjeTV's reporter Murshid Abdul Kareem has reported that cameramen Zareer, Nadheem and Saaif have been pepper-sprayed at a close promixity to the eyes. Reporter Murshid has also been somewhat affected by pepper-spray.


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00:35

Zunana Zalif

Face off between PPM and the opposition

K. Male'


While the protests have almost moved to the approximate center of the city, the area is becoming more and more congested. A fierce verbal battle has erupted within the government supporters and the opposition. 


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00:13

Zunana Zalif

Two reporters seized, numerous severely affected by pepper spray

K. Male'


While reporters Leevaan Ali Nasir (V media) and Hussain Hassan (RaajjeTV) have been indefinitely seized, RaajjeTV's reporter who was immediately dispatched to the area reported that Jumhooree Party's translator Ali Solih was heavily pepper-sprayed and seeks medical help in IGM hospital while RaajjeTV's photographer Sharuhaan seeks medical help at ADK hospital.


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00:01

Zunana Zalif

Some media sources were given the chance to cover Friday's gathering with no restrictions

K. Male'


While media freedom was being heavily restricted by the police, the channels that praise and show their solidarity for the government were allowed to cover the rally without any restrictions.


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23:57

Zunana Zalif

RaajjeTV's reporters were assaulted and arrested not long after Abdul Raheem called to take action against the station

K. Male'


RaajjeTV's reporters were assaulted and arrested in the most cruel manner not long after PPM's prime minister Abdul Raheem Abdulla called to take action against the station. 

 

In a press conference held by PPM on the 16th of February Friday, Abdul Raheem specifically singled out RaajjeTV and V media, accusing the channels of unfurling chaos and disruption, he also called on action to be taken against the channels. 

 

In his words, all the works exerted by RaajjeTV and V media to bring everything into the spotlight is to spread chaos, all of it's efforts are into bringing confusion among the public and mislead the country, to make the citizens believe that there is threat to the sovereignty of the nation. RaajjeTV's cameraman Anil and Sharuhaan


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23:44

Zunana Zalif

RaajjeTV journalist Hussain Hassan has been seized

K. Male'


RaajjeTV journalist Hussain Hassan has been seized. Journalists at the scene report that he was captured in an inhumane manner while he was reporting on field and his mic was snatched from him. Reporters have been heavily pepper-sprayed yet again, Special operations officers have attacked reporters in a cruel manner.

 

Speaking on a live program RaajjeTV's cameraman Adam Zareer reported of the cruel and offensive actions of the officers, noting the sickening manner in which the media was handled, touched in vulgar manners and assaulted.

 

V media's journalist Leevan Ali Nasir was captured along with Hussain Hassan. RaajjeTV's Cameraman Anil and photographer Sharuhaan have been severely injured by pepper spray and unneccesary assaults.

Hussain Hassan seized by SO officers

 


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23:02

Zunana Zalif

MDP activist Rasheed Moosa has been arrested

K. Male'


"MDP activist Rasheed Moosa is being arrested by the Police. Where are the fundamental rights of the Maldivians?" tweets the JP secretariat.

 


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23:00

Zunana Zalif

Press conference held by Progressive party of the Maldives

K. Male'


Fonadhoo constituency member of parliament and prime leader of the ruling progressive party of the Maldives (PPM) has bluntly stated that the biggest "plaque" the country faces is Jumhooree party's leader Gasim Ibrahim.


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22:49

Zunana Zalif

MP Mahloof arrested again

K. Male'


Galolhu south constituency member of parliament Ahmed Mahloof has been arrested in front of Campus shop on Majeedhee magu.

MP Mahloof captured


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22:46

Zunana Zalif

Police targets media in an opposition rally

K. Male'


in the later hours of the night of the 16th February Friday, it was seen that the police have been using excessive force to restrict media freedom.

Police restricting media 


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22:44

Zunana Zalif

SanguTV's cameraman attacked

K. Male'


While the protesters gathered at the junction where Majeedhee Magu and Chaandhanee magu meets in the late hours of Friday, police continued their authoritative actions and RaajjeTV's reporter Hussain Hassan had noted that the police had used excessive force and attacked some protesters, one cameraman from SanguTV named Ahmed Ayad had his jaw bruised.

SanguTV's cameraman Ahmed Ayad


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22:37

Zunana Zalif

Ex President Mohamed Nasheed's tweet

K. Male'


The former president's tweet reads "Maldivians never give up. Even when pushed into the sea." 

 

 


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22:11

Zunana Zalif

Opposition has gathered at Chaandhanee Magu and Majeedhee Magu junction

K. Male'


The opposition are now gathered at the junction where Chaandhanee Magu and Majeedhee Magu meets. RaajjeMV's reporter Mohamed Fazeen has been heavily pepper sprayed in the eyes and SanguTV's reporter Yameen had been heavily tear-gassed. Reporters have been injured to some extent.


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21:41

Zunana Zalif

Protesters now on the streets

K. Male'


As the protesters were seen pushed back by the police ranks, they were shortly seen leaving the Artificial beach area and heading to the streets. 


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21:38

Zunana Zalif

Police exerting force to disseminate media

K. Male'


The protesters and media reporting the situation from where the protests are taking place in the Artificial beach area are being pushed back by the police with the force of their shields. RaajjeMV's reporter has outlined that some are getting injured due to police actions.

Police armed with shields


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21:11

Zunana Zalif

MP Ahmed Mahloof has been released

K. Male'


Galolhu south constituency member of partliament Ahmed Mahloof, who had taken part in today's gathering, has been released from police headquarters after having been taken there for a second time at 17:30, the first time being at 14:30. He was taken to the headquarters regarding a tweet he had sent out earlier.


Mahloof has also noted that he has been told to present himself to Police HQ at 17:00 tomorrow. He also said that he will be there at the oppposition rally later tonight.

 

 


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20:54

Zunana Zalif

Protesters have again started to gather near the Artificial beach area

K. Male'


The opposition have yet again started up their assemble around the Artificial beach area. The police are also working in the area.


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20:45

Zunana Zalif

Artificial beach area has been vacated by the police force

K. Male'


The protest which began in the evening today has been halted by the police and the protesters have been evacuated from the area. The opposition insists that they haven't yet brought an end to their protest and that the protest will reconvene within a short period of time.


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20:40

Zunana Zalif

Ex President Mohamed Nasheed's tweet

K. Male'


Citizens have taken to the streets to protest throughout the Maldives calling for President Yameen to implement the supreme court ruling issued on the unbiased remand of political prisoners. Here's what the former president tweeted regarding the issue.
"Thousands protest across the Maldives against President Yameen’s refusal to enforce the Supreme Court ruling to release political prisoners. President Yameen must step down, allow for interim Govt to facilitate free, fair and inclusive elections in the Maldives." 

 

https://twitter.com/MohamedNasheed/status/964512666541682688/photo/1


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20:06

Zunana Zalif

One of the protesters has had his arm broken

K. Male'


One of the protesters has had his arm broken during the protest that began this evening in the MDP national campaign house, sources report that the incident happened while the police were pushing the crowd back. It is yet unclear why the man got injured. The individual has been taken to ADK hospital. 

Police leading the injured individual out of the area
The injured indivual


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19:46

Aishath Shaany

Police have taken over MDP headquarters

K. Male'


"The police have taken over the MDP’s national campaign centre, pushed those inside towards the road and blocked the entrance" says MDP.

 


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19:15

Aishath Shaany

MDP HQ closed off again

K. Male'


Police officers close off MDP headquarters again, after removing those gathered inside


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18:11

Zunana Zalif

Opposition has claimed that they're not willing to back down, they'll move forward with the protest

K. Male'


While many gathered at the Artificial beach area in Henveiru ward of capital Male' city this evening, opposition has claimed that they will not back down and will keep going forward with their protests.Crowd of protestors in Artificial beach area.

 


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17:42

Zunana Zalif

Jumhooree party leader Qasim Ibrahim's tweet

K. Male'


This could possibly be the most harrowing president I have ever seen or heard of. I have never met or heard of a ruler who is as arrogant, conceited, inhumane and negligent towards running things legally and justly - tweets Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim.

 


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17:29

Zunana Zalif

Gathering being held in Addu city

K. Male'


Protesters in Addu city


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17:15

Zunana Zalif

People taking part in the protest standing in front of MDP Haruge

K. Male'


 
People taking part in the protest standing in front of MDP Haruge
People taking part in the protest standing in front of MDP Haruge


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17:02

Zunana Zalif

Police have arrived in the area where protests are going down in Addu city

K. Male'


Police active in Addu City
Police active in Addu City


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16:59

Zunana Zalif

Police have begun pepper spraying the crowd

K. Male'


The police continue to restrict protesters, RaajjeTV reporter claims many have sustained minor injuries due to being pepper sprayed by the police.

Protesters being pepper sprayed


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16:52

Zunana Zalif

Members of Parliament take part in today's gathering

K. Male'


Some members have been spotted in the gathering


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16:48

Zunana Zalif

Police assembles where Boduthakurufaanu Magu and Majeedhee Magu meet

K. Male'


Police have assembled themselves where Majeedhee Magu and Boduthakurufaanu Magu meet, seen armed with shields.

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16:41

Zunana Zalif

Police have begun to disband the protest being held in Thulhaadhoo island

K. Male'


Caption
Caption

Police have begun to disband the protest being held in Thulhaadhoo island of Baa atoll by the opposition.


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16:39

Zunana Zalif

Ranks have been formed by the police infront of MDP Haruge

K. Male'


Police officers active near MDP headquarters

Armed with shields, police have formed ranks infront of MDP Haruge where opposition continues their protest calling for the implementation of the supreme court order.


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16:30

Zunana Zalif

Police have stated that they will disband today's protest

K. Male'


Police active in MDP headquarters as protesters make preparations


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16:27

Zunana Zalif

Thinadhoo island preparing to begin today's protest as well

K. Male'


The warm up rally underway to commence in Thinadhoo Island. Final preparations begin.

 


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16:25

Rushdha Rasheed

MPS arrests MDP Deputy Leader Shifaz

K. Male'


Maldives Police Service (MPS) has arrested Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Deputy Leader Mohamed Shifaz, the Party's Economic Committee Chair Amru and several others from MDP campaign house. 


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16:23

Zunana Zalif

Addu city preparing for the warm up rally

K. Male'


Addu city's MDP office has declared that preparations are underway for the warm up protest that has been planned for Friday evening in their support for the calling for immediate implementation of the supreme court ruling issued on the 1st of February.

Preparations for warm up protest


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16:17

Zunana Zalif

MDP's Addu city Pres Ahmed Adhuham has been arrested

K. Male'


MDP's Addu city President, Ahmed Adhuham has been arrested. According to Adhuham's wife Shahuma's tweet, her husband was arrested near the MDP haruge at around 2pm. The family has not yet been informed of the reason behind his arrest.

 

 


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16:03

Zunana Zalif

The gathering which is to take place today is not a significant one : opposition

K. Male'


Police active at the MDP headquarters

The opposition has stated that the gathering that the political parties are holding are not significant rather a "warm up" for what's coming. They have also called on the public to take part in the gathering to be held in capital Male' city and throughout the atolls on Friday. The police have claimed that the gathering cannot be perceived as that of a peaceful one and that they will take measures to not let the gathering go down.  

 


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15:42

Aishath Shaany

Opposition's 'warm-up' rally

K. Male'


The joint opposition is to hold a special 'warm-up' rally on Friday evening. However, police has said that they will not be allowed to hold the rally, claiming that 'this is not believed to be a peaceful protetst'.

The opposition has been holding nightly rallies since February 1, when the Supreme Court issued its controversial ruling freeing nine high-profile figures including former President Mohamed Nasheed. President Abdulla Yameen refused to implement the order, and instead declared a state of emergency five days later.

The joint opposition calls on all its supporters to take part in Friday's rally, which is also to take place in various other islands including Addu City and Hinnaavaru of Lhaviyani atoll.

 


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14:55

Aishath Shaany

MP Mahloof presents himself to police

K. Male'


Galolhu-South constituency MP Ahmed Mahloof presented himself to police at 3pm. He was summoned there for questioning on Thursday as well, and is to submit himself at 5pm today again.

 


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