Even though President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih launched a probe, the Maldives government swiftly denounced the violence on yoga day on Tuesday. The violent activities committed by a gang of people against the participants, including members of the diplomatic
community, were severely denounced by the Maldives foreign ministry in a statement. The statement made it clear that “such deliberate acts of violence aimed at compromising the security of people and the diplomatic corps and disrupting public safety will not be condoned.”
Extremists disrupted the Yoga Day ceremony in Male, the capital of the Maldives, in a dramatic visual. The Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment, UN Maldives, and the Indian High Commission in the Maldives together coordinated the Yoga Day celebration.
When the horrifying episode involving the attack on Yoga practitioners occurred, the Maldivian Minister of Youth and Sports, Indian High Commissioner, and Maldives Foreign Secretary were present, along with several other High Commissioners and the UN resident coordinator.
The event prompted the president of the Maldives to post on Twitter that it was “a subject of significant concern” and that “those responsible will be immediately brought before the law.” An urgent investigation into the occurrence has been opened by the Maldives Police Service (MPS).
Six people have been detained as part of the investigation being conducted by the Serious and Organized Crime Department of the Crime Investigation Command.
According to the police, the Opposition Party Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) was involved in the violent incident. “As of now, the evidence suggests that the demonstrators were using materials taken from the office of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM),” the police department stated in a statement.
President Yameen of the Maldives, who is noted for his anti-Indian viewpoints and for having started the so-called “India out” movement, is the leader of the PPM party. He had adopted a distinctively pro-China posture during his term, which is being blamed for the nation’s current debt dilemma.
Every year on June 21st, people around the world observe International Yoga Day. The United Nations recognized the day as International Day of Yoga by consensus on 11 December 2014, in a resolution which was co-sponsored by a record of 177 countries, including the Maldives.
The Maldives police service is investigating the event, and “important individuals involved are under police custody,” according to Ali Nazeer, Maldives minister of state for home affairs and spokesperson for the Adhaalath party, who was speaking to Wion. “We feel that this act of violence is intended to achieve political ends,” he continued. And it is concerning that the political opposition (PPM) is involved.