Malé protests in support of former President Mohamed Nasheed

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Protests erupted in Malé the Maldivian capital as former Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended police headquarters this afternoon (2 Aug, 2012) in response to a summons issued by the Maldives Police Service.

Mohamed Nasheed, former president of Maldives, in his home in Male. 31st July 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

In an earlier exclusive interview with Shahidul Alam of Drik, the former president, expressed his concern about the erosion of democracy and the return of military rule.

Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in a statement on July 31, accused President Mohamed Waheed’s administration of “demonstrating a clear pattern of abuse of power and tactics aimed at removing President Nasheed from the upcoming Presidential race.”

While the MDP had expressed “extreme concern” for Nasheed’s “personal safety”, citing previous “assaults” reports say Nasheed left police headquarters around 5:40 pm, joining more than a thousand cheering supporters.

Blogger Mohammad provides regular updates on Facebook near the house of former president Mohamed Nasheed. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives ©Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Video grab: Mohamed Nasheed bids goodbye to close friends in his home in Male, before walking to police headquarters. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Mohamed Nasheed glances over his shoulder as he walks to the police headquarters, flanked by his security guards. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Scuffle between MDP supporters and police as they try to prevent supporters from accompanying their leader Mohamed Nasheed. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Police block protesters near the police headquarters where former President Mohamed Nasheed reported in response to a summons issued by the Maldives Police Service. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Woman police, block off supporters of MDP near police headquarters. Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended police headquarters this afternoon. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

A woman screams at the police as she is prevented from accompanying her leader Mohamed Nasheed. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

MDP supporters outside the police Headquarters. Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended police headquarters this afternoon (2 Aug, 2012) in response to a summons issued by the Maldives Police Service. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Video grab from exclusive footage: Mohamed Nasheed (bottom right corner) inside police interrogation room in Male. 2nd August 2012. Malé. Maldives © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Nasheed was reported to have been released shortly before Iftar. He was let out through a back exit, away from the gaze of media professionals and supporters waiting outside.

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