An unidentified person has sprayed “India Out” on the wall of the familial residence of Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.
Nasheed’s sibling Nazim Sattar on Monday tweeted a photo showing the graffiti on the wall of Kenereege.
Nasheed, who is also the leader of ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), is the biggest proponent of Indian influence in the Maldives. While in opposition, Nasheed and Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid had advocated for Indian boots on ground.
While Kenereege has been his formal residence, Nasheed presently resides in Muraidhooge. This was done after the May 6 assassination attempt. Kenereege is under strict surveillance while Nasheed visits.
Activists had previously sprayed this on the walls of the residences of Qasim Ibrahim, leader of Jumhooree Party. Jumhooree Party is a coalition partner in the current administration.
Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi’s residence was also a casualty in this movement, as well as the residence of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. President Gayoom is the half-brother of opposition leader, President Abdullah Yameen. He is also a coalition partner.
The initiative began after authorities released an individual suspected of having spray painted warning messages on President Yameen’s residence.
The India Out movement has been championed by the opposition and President Yameen. It calls for the removal of Indian military personnel stationed in the country, under various guises. It also calls for an end to secretive agreements made between the two nations.
The Government, in April, criminalized the movement, citing that it was a threat to national security. The decree had mandated agencies to take action against the movement. Since then, Maldives Police Service (MPS) had removed several “India Out” banners and used disproportionate force on protesters.