Legal action will be taken against protests: Police

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition protesters seen in February 12, 2021 protest | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service said that legal action would be taken against the opposition if they continue to protest in Malé.

Speaking at the press conference of Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC), Head of Malé City Police, Chief Superintendent of Police Abdullah Shareef said that the opposition protests are not aligned with the protective guidelines set by Health Protection Agency (HPA) and that of the law concerning peaceful gatherings.

He added that the opposition party has been constantly advised not have these protests and that further continuing these protests would be considered as an obstruction to justice. He also noted that from now on, legal action would be taken against these gatherings.

He further said that the police would be taking all necessary measures to break up the protests saying that force will also be used if the situation demands it. Chief Superintendent of Police Abdullah Shareef further went on to instruct the public not to take part in these protests as they are a violation of HPA guidelines. HPA recently has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people in capital city Malé.