Umar Naseer, former deputy leader of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), has said the opposition party will hold a protest in Male’ tonight from 9:00pm in order to demonstrate against the perceived unlawful actions and “torture” practiced by the current government.
”The government has been constantly violating the laws, religion and has been trying to over power the local councils,” Naseer claimed. ”After the protest, we have scheduled a march around the streets.”
The claims come as political parties have this week become embroiled in disputes over the legitimacy of some local councils opting to move the location of their offices without government approval.
Naseer said that all the country’s political parties were officially invited to join its protest over the issue and also called on as many citizens as possible to join in.
The former deputy leader who was dismissed from the party in December claimed he expected the protest would likely end with authorities using tear gas.
”We call on police not to follow any unlawful orders, we know that the government have been punishing police for not obeying their unlawful orders,” said Naseer. ”We are very pleased to know that Deputy Police Commissioner Rishwan was suspended for rejecting an unlawful order, it was a good example.”
He also criticized the government for not taking ” action against any senior government officials who are alleged to have been found posing naked in pictures and video files, but taking action on journalists who reported it.”
DRP MP Ahmed Mahlouf said the intention of the protest was to defend the laws and to ”make things go right.”
”All the good things we brought to the country has been turned upside down today,” Mahlouf said. ”Tonight, we are coming out to make them right again, to uphold the religion and democracy.”
Mahlouf referred to the conflict in the islands and said it was an ”additional circle to the chain of the current government’s torture.”
”If we have to, we will not hesitate to go near Muleeage or near the Home Minister’s house,” said Mahlouf.
Mahlouf said that many police officers were encouraged not to follow “unlawful orders” after the alleged suspension of the Deputy Police Commissioner. Police have yet to officially confirm whether Deputy Commissioner Rishwan had been suspended.