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Maldives pres urges public stand against attacks on independence, solidarity

Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 November 2016, MVT 11:12
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom pictured speaking at a ceremony.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
03 November 2016, MVT 11:12

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom urged the nation late Wednesday to defend against any attack on the country’s independence and harmony that may come from within or outside forces.

In his speech to mark Victory Day which is celebrated on November 3, President Yameen declared that rebels similar to the traitors that attempted to overthrow the government 28 years ago still exist even in fewer numbers to this day.

Stressing on the morals to be gained from the national security forces that had sacrificed their lives to protect the Maldives on that day, the president said it is the responsibility of the new generations to maintain the independence and sovereignty of the nation in the future.

“This can be achieved by raising the priority of the nation over one’s own and committing to that sacred resolve,” he said.

Recalling the danger and terror of that day before the Maldives emerged victorious, President Yameen also mentioned the material and financial losses to the archipelago that resulted from the coup.

The Maldives’ Victory Day commemorates the attempted coup from a number of local traitors in collaboration with a Sri Lankan terrorist group on November 3, 1988. The attack had ultimately failed and the group fled the country, and the Maldives has been celebrating its victory and continued independence, which has not been compromised since its British occupation ended in 1965, every year on the third of November.

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