Whoo boy. Nutso times in the Maldives. I guess the president wasn’t bringing in enough cargo cult money for the sea level “send us money we’re sinking” scam being perpetrated on the world. I said previously that Mohamed Nasheed’s claims were BS because while El Presidente was asking for money to “save” the Maldives from sea level rise, claiming “Carbon dioxide emissions are going to kill us,”, they were building new resorts and airports for the tourists.
Maldives leader ousted ‘at gunpoint’
By Reuters, Malé
The ousted president of the Maldives, credited with bringing democracy to the Indian Ocean islands, said yesterday he had been forced out of power at gunpoint, prompting clashes between police and angry supporters.
Police tried to break up the protests with tear gas and baton charges as former president Mohamed Nasheed’s party said he too was “beaten” by police.
“Yes, I was forced to resign at gunpoint,” Mr Nasheed told reporters following his party meeting a day after his resignation.
The political tumult, like most of everday Maldivian life, was far from the tourists who stream to the chain of mainly coral islands, seeking sun and sand at resorts that can command $1,000 a night.
Full story at the Financial Times.
Looks like they have bigger problems now than imagined sea level rise, like rioting in the streets. Whoops, there goes the tourist season, I can hear the phones ringing at travel agencies worldwide.