Malé, Maldives – The family of Channel 13 journalist Hussain Shaheed, who was injured while covering the opposition protest against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s presidential statement in Parliament today, has decided to take him to Sri Lanka for further treatment.
Police used force to disperse the opposition’s protest against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
During the dispersion, two journalists covering the protest were injured and treated at ADK Hospital.
Opposition PPM said Shaheed’s head was hit by a police shield and he suffered brain damage. He fell unconscious on the road due to being hit on the head by the shield and has now regained consciousness after being treated for several hours but his condition is very serious and they are in the process of sending him abroad for further treatment as soon as possible, PPM quoted his family as saying.
PPM said the injured journalist, Hassan Shaheed, has also suffered spinal cord damage.
In addition, Shaheed had previously said that he had been threatened by the police two weeks ago.
Police used pepper spray to disperse the demonstrators. A Channel 13 videographer was also injured in the incident.
Two journalists and seven members of the public were injured and admitted to hospital. 11 people have been arrested, the party said. PPM has called for the unconditional release of all those arrested.