Growing planetary unrest: Maldives president resigns after police and army clash in the streets

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
By Paul Martin

TheExtinctionProtocol.com
February 7, 2012

MALDIVES – The first democratically elected president of the Maldives resigned Tuesday and was replaced by his vice president after the police and army clashed in the streets of the island nation amid protests over the arrest of a top judge. Mohammed Waheed Hassan, who previously worked as a top UNICEF official, was sworn in as the new Maldivian president in the afternoon. Soon after, the judge was released. In a televised address, Mr. Hassan promised to protect his predecessor, Mohamed Nasheed, from retribution and called for the chaos in the streets to stop. “I urge everyone to make this a peaceful country,” he said. Mr. Nasheed’s resignation marked a stunning fall for the former human rights campaigner who defeated the nation’s longtime ruler in the country’s first multiparty election. Nasheed was also an environmental celebrity, traveling the world to persuade governments to combat the climate change that could raise sea levels and inundate his archipelago nation. Nasheed presented his resignation in a nationally televised address after police joined the protesters and then clashed with soldiers in the streets. Some of the soldiers then defected to the police side. “I don’t want to hurt any Maldivian. I feel my staying on in power will only increase the problems, and it will hurt our citizens,” Nasheed said. “So the best option available to me is to step down.” Maldivians waving flags poured into the streets to celebrate Nasheed’s resignation. Some playfully threw water at each other. -CSM

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