Maldives army occupies Parliament; Opposition lawmakers roughed up
The Maldives military on Tuesday locked down the nation’s Parliament and Opposition lawmakers were roughed up by military personnel.
Opposition lawmakers said the military siege was an attempt to block a motion to impeach the Speaker of the House.
“Military in plainclothes blocking MPs entering chamber,” said opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Imthiyaz Fahmy in a tweet.
Military in plainclothes blocking MPs entering chamber.Said MPs cannot enter before 8:55am.Proceedings begin at 9:00,surrounded by military. pic.twitter.com/hJHdxPkdkm
— Imthiyaz Fahmy (@Imthiyazfahmy) August 22, 2017
MPs were eventually allowed in but found that Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed was also surrounded by soldiers, reported Guardian quoting Eva Abdulla, another MDP lawmaker.
— Almond (@almond3131) August 22, 2017
— Mohamed Faisal (@Mohamedfaisalmf) August 22, 2017