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Shiuna's Twitter account suspended for calling for bloodshed

Malika Shahid
05 February 2023, MVT 11:00
Spokesperson for Malé City Council, Mariyam Shiuna -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa / Mihaaru
Malika Shahid
05 February 2023, MVT 11:00

The Twitter account of Malé City Council spokesperson Mariyam Shiuna, with the Twitter handle "Nannazeev," has been suspended for calling to change President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government by all means, "even with bloodshed."

On Thursday, Shiuna tweeted, "People need to come out with force and end this administration," and then went on to accuse President Solih of committing atrocities against Muslims every day, adding that "he needs to be brought down to earth."

"It is not enough to tweet. We have change it even with bloodshed," she had said.

The tweet sparked widespread outrage and criticism. Shiuna later deleted the tweet; however, the police were already made aware of it when she deleted her remark.

The police confirmed that the tweet made by Shiuna was being investigated and that the account has since been suspended. They said that due procedure would be followed in handling the matter.

Several people reported the account following her problematic tweet. While Shiuna's account was suspended for violating Twitter guidelines, it had more than 10,000 followers.

Inciting terrorism is a criminal offence under the Anti-Terrorism Act. People who post inflammatory remarks on social media have been penalised in the past.

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