Mal? protests in support of former President Mohamed Nasheed

Photos by Shahidul Alam

Protests erupted in Mal??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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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. Mal?. 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.

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

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