Opposition continues Free President Yameen protests

Protesters in Malé last night | Photo: Zahid Rameez

Malé, Maldives – The Opposition Coalition protested again last night to free former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, who was sentenced to five years jail, after proven guilty of money laundering.

This protest which marked Yameen spending more than 500 days in jail, was held in front of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s office in Boduthakurufaanu Magu.

The Police put barricades on the corner of Majeedhee Magu, near Artificial Beach and on Boduthakurufaanu Magu, near Raalhugandu Sarahahdhu, to put a stop to the protest. The protestors, wearing Yameen facemasks and bearing PPM’s flag, then continued to voice their complaints in front of the PPM office.

The protesters expressed their concern against no actions being taken even after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured that Yameen would be changed to house arrest.

The protesters started at 10pm and finished the protest at about 11pm, warning that they would protest again if Yameen was not freed before 6pm today.

Even though many policemen were active in the area, none of the protestors were arrested.