Transparency Maldives has expressed its strong condemnation of the continuous obstruction of protests and press freedom by the Maldives Police Service. The organization has called for the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, National Integrity Commission of the Maldives and the Prosecutor General of the Maldives to investigate the actions of the police and hold them accountable.
This statement comes after a brutal police crackdown on opposition protests yesterday, in which a journalist was seriously injured after being hit by a specialist police officer's shield. The journalist is currently receiving treatment abroad.
The government's continued obstruction of peaceful protests has sparked outrage among citizens, however, the opposition has vowed to continue the protests until the release of opposition leader, former president Yameen, who is currently serving an 11-year jail sentence for bribery and money laundering.