Big rally against Indian military presence in Maldives

Malé, October 22 (KMS): Thousands of people have marched on the streets of Malé city calling for the removal of Indian military personnel from the Maldives.

The protest, organized by the opposition Progressive Congress Coalition, began at 16:00 today in front of the Progressive Party of Maldives office. The protesters then marched from Boduthakurufaanu Magu to Ameeni Magu in Male’ City.

Thousands of protesters called for the removal of Indian troops from the Maldives and the cancellation of military agreements with India.

The soldiers in question are being stationed under various military agreements made under the current administration. The rally goers carrying the national flag and clad in red shirts called for the immediate removal of Indian soldiers stationed in the Maldives.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed and Defence Minister Mariya Didi were described as traitors by the protestors.

Many also accused the current administration and the New Delhi friendly President Solih of colluding with India to influence the 2018 Presidential Election and the 2019 Parliamentary Election.

While President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has remained largely silent over the accusation, public trust towards the electoral system and the administration is at an all time low.

This is the largest protest held in Male’ city in recent history. Organizers of the protest announced that many such activities will be held in the coming days. They also invited as many people as possible to participate in the upcoming events. KMS—22M