Speaking at the rally held in Ha. Ihavandhoo on Sunday evening, Prseident Nasheed called on the members of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and its supporters to come out on the streets to change this government. He said the people of the Maldives have remained patient for months and that its time for an uprising against the rogue Government.
President Nasheed said after having travelled extensively in the Maldives, people “do not believe we can have free and fair elections in the Maldives. People do not believe they will let the MDP Presidential candidate to contest” said President Nasheed. He said while he had been speaking to the people and talking about development, the Government is arresting and prosecuting his supporters. He said over 800 of his supporters are facing unfair trials. Speaking at the rally he criticized the Prosecutor General and the Judiciary for the lack of progress on key issues ofdemocratic reform. He said “there is no court left for us to go to..and there isn’t anything left to do” adding “there is nothing left to discuss.”
President Nasheed also said that members of the MDP are courageous and will not hesitate to take a bullet in the fight to hold free and fair elections. He said “when we come out on the streets, they can shoot us, if the military is courageous enough”
“I do not see an election being held or if held, whether it will be free and fair. Please keep an eye on our people. Our military will not protect us. We are coming out to face the rogue government” he said to the leaders of Sri Lanka and India.
The MDP and President Nasheed has travelled to 44 islands in the northern province of the Maldives during the ‘journey of pledges.’