Amidst the on-going opposition rally Friday evening, disputed Madduvari MP Mohamed Ameeth and Thinadhoo-South MP Abdullah Mohamed were arrested by the Maldives Police Services.
According to protestors at the scene, MP Ameeth and MP Abdullah were taken from Majeedhee Magu in the capital Male.
Meanwhile, Galolhu-South MP Ahmed Mahloof was also arrested Thursday night from the series of rallies organised by the opposition in protest of the parliament’s decision to extend the state of emergency by 30 additional days.
MP Mahloof’s family had expressed concern as they have not been able to reach him since he was taken to Dhoonidhoo Detention Centre.
The opposition continue to express concern over the police using excessive force in dismantling the protests, which are usually held in front of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) main party hub on the outermost Boduthakurufaanu Magu. The protests are broadcasted live on several opposition aligned local channels, including incidences where the police pepper-spray protestors gathered around the party hub.
They also called on the government to enforce the Supreme Court's unexpected ruling on February 1, which ordered the release of nine high-profile political prisoners, and reinstated the 12 parliamentarians who were unseated for floor-crossing.