Police file photo: A demonstration held recently.
Police file photo: A demonstration held recently.

The Maldives Police Service has requested that the Maldivian Democratic Party and the Progressive Party of the Maldives abide by the laws for acceptable social standards when carrying out their demonstrations.

The Police made this request in two separate documents signed by the Head of Male’ City Police, Superintendent of Police, Abdulla Shareef, addressed to the MDP Chairperson, Mr. Moosa Manik and the President of PPM, former President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The document went on to state that since these were the days of the O/Level exams for many students, the demonstrations and rallies being held all over Male’ with sound systems on pickups or megaphones were disruptive and that the Maldives Police Service has been receiving complaints about the situation.

The document also stated that the demonstrations and rallies disrupted the flow of traffic, hindered the progress of pedestrians and caused difficulties to shop-owners in the area.

As such, the document went on to request that both parties conduct their actions according to subsections (a), (b), (c), (f) and (g) of article 23 of the Peaceful Protest Act.

The document also stated that gathering near an individual’s place of residence to demonstrate, using loud speakers or megaphones is in violation of subsection (e) of article 24 of the Peaceful Protest Act and should not be carried out.