Protesters near Parliament. Photo via sun.mv
Protests in the Maldives against the coup are mounting. The Maldivian coup President was prevented from opening Parliament, as he damn well should be as the government is illegitimate. I suppose you can see what side I’m on. The coup is done, but now they need to hold election to let people decide.
The Maldivians are damn cool, so you can actually follow all of this stuff online. mvdemocracy.com is a good aggregator of all info. Haaveru has a great blow-by-blow (of any event), the Sun and there’s a live stream at dhivehingeadu.
From a friend over chat I heard that the Deputy Chief of Defense resigned, which he thought could be a turning point. There was also a fight over the chair the President was to sit in and a flag toppled over. They’ve arrested Anni’s brother and taken him away.
Generally, the old guard dictatorside is dismantling commissions on corruption and human rights and trying to return to business as usual, but they are popular protests on the streets and they can’t open Parliament. MPs within Parliament are also rebelling. They need to call elections and win or lose on their policies, not the police. Anni’s not even asking for the Presidency back, they’re just asking for the vote. It seems fair.