Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahlouf’s clothes shop was vandalised last night by unknown assailants.
Speaking to Minivan News today, Mahlouf said he believed that the attack came in retaliation for the protest the opposition and coalition of religious NGOs have decided to conduct next Friday.
‘’It is in connection with the protest we have planned. Ever since we planned these protests I have been warned and threatened that if the protest is conducted I will suffer the consequences,’’ Mahlouf claimed.
Mahlouf said police attended the area would have collected video footage captured by the shop’s cameras.
‘’I think police will be able to find out the culprits using the footage,’’ he said. ‘’It is regrettable that those who oppose us have started vandalising property.’’
Mahlouf alleged that Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) officials and senior MPs had threatened him “with consequences” if the protest was conducted.PP
‘’They have sent me texts and threatened me that there will be consequences if the protest is conducted,’’ he claimed, further alleging that the MDP was “paying gangs” to disrupt the protest on Friday, but would not state which MPs he believed were involved.
‘’Not many gangs have cooperated with MDP because it is a religious thing this time,’’ Maulouf.
Minivan News sought response from MDP Parliamentary Group Media Coordinator MP Mohamed Shifaz, MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, MP Ahmed Easa and MP Ali Waheed, but none responded at time of press.
MDP MPs Mohamed Musthafa and Ahmed Hamza refused to comment on the matter.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that the incident had occurred and that police were investigating the case.
The religious NGO coalition and opposition political parties are planning a protest on Friday in which they claim 15,000 citizens will attend.