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Kerry warns Maldives democracy at risk after mass arrests

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference in Colombo, on May 2, 2015Malé (Maldives) (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that democracy was in danger in the Maldives as police made nearly 200 arrests at a protest over the jailing of the paradise islands’ ex-president. Police fired tear gas and baton-charged Friday night’s protest on the main island of Male, said witnesses to what was the biggest show of support for Mohamed Nasheed since he was handed a 13-year term in March. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said one of its top lieutenants were among those arrested, while the head of the largest Islamist party in the mainly Sunni Muslim nation was detained. “We see even now how regrettably there are troubling signs that democracy is under threat in the Maldives where the former president Nasheed has been imprisoned without due process,” said Kerry.

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