The opposition leader of the Maldives was arrested Sunday afternoon as the police dispersed a rally that had gathered in the Maldivian capital of Male, said the Maldivian government.
The government said in a statement that Mohamed Nasheed, chairman of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, was taken into police custody as unruly crowds gathered after the body of a drug addict was found floating in the Male harbor in the morning.
The statement said that the deceased had been released from police custody on Friday.
At around noon, about 200 people gathered outside the main cemetery in Male, where the body was placed prior to burial. The police dispersed the crowd and arrested some demonstrators.