Adhaalath members on Vaikaradhu protest arrival of President

Four islanders from Vaikaradhu in Haa Dhaalu Atoll yesterday protested the arrival of the President for an official visit.

Chair of Vaikaradhoo Council Ahmed Waheed told Minivan News that the protesters were members of the Adhaalath Party.

”They are four members of Adhaalath Party branch in this island,” Waheed said. ”They were holding banners and raising their voice against the government, and saying they would not support a government that supports Israel.”

”They were on the harbour when the President arrived,” he said. ”They were standing quite close to the president, but the president did not do or say anything.”

Council member Abdulla Shareef told Minivan News that the few people gathered to express disapproval were senior officials of the Adhaalath Wing on the island.

”There are not many supporters of Adhaalath Party on this island, and even in their party there were some people that did not want to join that protest yesterday,” he said.

President of Adhaalath’s Vaikaradhoo Branch Ahmed Shareef told Minivan News that the gathering was not organised by the Adhaalath Party.

”The Adhaalath Party did not organise the gathering,” Shareef said. ”We requested the council give us permission to put up two banners, one about the massive protest on December 23 and the other banner calling for the Maldives to be cleaned of idols.”

He said the banners were put up with the permission for the President’s arrival.

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9 thoughts on “Adhaalath members on Vaikaradhu protest arrival of President”

  1. "coverage of adhaalath on minivan news is 100% positive" writes jj robinson quoting transparency maldives.
    while ahmed nazeer claimed 4 people participated in the protest video footage available on the internet of the same protest shows not less than 50 protesters on that small island.
    this goes on to prove how much propagenda minivan news is spreading.

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  2. Ahmed Nazeer on his twitter wrote "wonder whether haveeru will apologise" for Pillay's constitution comment controversy.
    I wonder whether he will apologise for lying about the number of protesters.

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  3. four? seriously? y did u not mention about the video that is being circulated which shows dozens of protesters? MN is really bias.

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  4. My god! Minivan is biased? Stop the presses!

    Of course Minivan is biased. It is owned and operated by the Presidents family. Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, the Presidents younger brother was the former editor.

    Former writers include MDP activists, Aishath Aniya, Susan Ibrahim Fulhu etc. etc.

    Current Undesecretary at the Presidents Office Aminath Shauna masqueraded as a Minivan journalist during the 2008 elections even though market conditions dictate that a person of her qualifications would never normally work as a journalist in this country.

    Most writers for Minivan are foreign nationals. The online used to be housed at the Presidents maternal home if it still is not.

    Blatant bias however, only damages your publication Minivan. In this day and age of twitters and youtubes, we just cannot control information to the degree that other dictatorships can. Minivan should urge President Nasheed to declare the online as the government's own mouthpiece, censor content on the internet, block access to foreign news sites and summon a few more journalists to the police station for questioning regarding civil suits against them.

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