On 29th May 2012, a court order was released giving permission for the police to search the space (Usfasgandu) that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members had been legally occupying in the North East corner of the island Male’. The reasons outlined in the court order  varies from the production of illegal substances to the  practicing of witchcraft against Dr.Mohamed Waheed’s government. The police not only searched the space but also went on to illegally dismantle and destroy the space. The demonstrations that ensued saw renewed police brutality against the citizens. Amnesty international released a statement calling for an end to the use of excessive force against demonstrators while the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives condemned the demonstrators for the use of foul language towards the police and for some of the demonstrators throwing plastic bottles and stones at the police [HRCM website lacks any documentation of the statement]. Today the Maldives Police services released a response to the statement by the Amnesty International.



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