Police in the Maldives used tear gas and batons to break up a protest yesterday demanding that President Mohamed Nasheed step down. Dozens of people were injured and many were arrested. Thousands of protesters converged on the capital, Male, on Saturday night to rally against economic hardship, alleged government mismanagement and wasteful spending. Organisers said about 5,000 people demonstrated overnight.
Police said officers asked the protesters to leave but they started throwing objects at them.