Thousands protest in Maldives, calling for president to quit

February 27, 2015 3:12 PM

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Thousands protest in Maldives, calling for president to quit

MALE/COLOMBO (Reuters) - Thousands came by boat to the capital of the Maldives to protest on Friday against the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed and demand that current leader Abdulla Yameen resign.

Tensions have escalated on the cluster of tropical islands off India's southwestern tip since Nasheed was arrested last weekend on charges of terrorism relating to an incident when, as president, he ordered the arrest of a judge.

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