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Protestors attack Indian embassy in Maldives, property vandalized

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Massive protests were witnessed in Male city of Maldives on Tuesday morning as a yoga event organized by the Indian High Commission was also disrupted and members attacked.

The protestors attacked the Indian members inside who were performing yoga and reportedly some property was also damaged, international media reported.

Police in the Maldives used tear gas and pepper spray to control a crowd of people who disrupted the event, Reuters reported quoting the organizer of the event.

The report quoting one of the organisers said the crowd stormed a stadium where more than 150 people, including diplomats and government officers, were taking part in an event celebrating International Day of Yoga, attacking participants and vandalising the property.

Earlier, the protesters brandished placards proclaiming that yoga was against the tenets of Islam, the report said.

Islam is the state religion in the Maldives, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean with a population of about half a million.

Police used pepper spray and tear gas to control the crowd and secure the area, Superintendent of Police Fathmath Nashwa was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident, the report quoted Nashwa further saying.

Meanwhile, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said a police investigation into the incident had begun.

“This is being treated as a matter of serious concern and those responsible will be swiftly brought before the law,” Solih said on Twitter.

 

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