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Chinese tourists alerted after Maldives unrest

By Zhao Shengnan, Shi Yingying and Tan Zongyang (China Daily)

08:14, February 08, 2012

BEIJING - Chinese tourists are safe to travel in the Maldives but should stay alert after the country's first democratically elected president resigned on Tuesday following weeks of protests, according to the Chinese embassy in the Maldives.

Most of the Chinese tourists are on scattered islands and not the Maldives capital Male, where the protests occurred, a staff member of the embassy said. "They enquired about whether they can safely return to China as soon as possible."

"As far as I know, police haven't closed down roads or the airport," he said.

Male International Airport remains open, and most of the well-known local hotels in the Maldives are safe to stay at, said Liz Wu, a public relations representative for a group of luxury hotels in the Maldives.

The Maldives embassy in China also posted a notice on its weibo account (micro blog) saying it is safe for tourists to visit the Maldives since the transition to the country's new leader has been peaceful. The president was replaced by his vice-president.

The Chinese embassy has advised the Chinese Foreign Ministry and travel agencies to postpone or cancel trips to the Maldives. "After all, nobody knows if the situation change in the near future," the embassy said.

According to the Shanghai municipal tourism administration, around 370 tourists from Shanghai are stuck in the Maldives.

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helpplease at 2012-02-0958.7.140.*
Democratically elected president arrested by rouge police. Pls see the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMGfPVtxPkg&feature=player_embedded
giveusafarego at 2012-02-08165.228.137.*
The first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed is honest patriotic president. He saved people of Maldives from a monster no different to Hitler. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was a murderer and a thief. This Egyptian trained terrorist was terrorizing the people of Maldives for 30 years. If any one criticized his government, they will be arrested and jailed with out trail. The paramilitary was given powers for arbitrary arrests and torture. Mohamed Nasheed was jailed 27 times and badly beaten, still now he walks with a limp. Maumoon has been actively operating in Malaysia to topple the democratically elected government of Maldives from the day he was thrown out of the government. The torture machine and corrupt followers of him blended in to Nasheed government and have been actively disrupting the democratically elected government to make reforms in the government. Such as free health care, dental and optical were provided to all people. Monthly Pensions were given to the old and frail. Water and electricity subsidies are provided to every family in the country. People of Maldives do not know there government must give these kinds of services before. Nasheed’s mode of transport to presidential office is by bicycle or foot. Maumoon lives in a million dollar palace and mode of transport was BMW and Mercedes Benz and road closure were imposed every roads he have to travel. The democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed is toppled by hefty bribes to junior police officers and low-level military officers. This is confirmed because; the police officer giving the interview is the leader of the mutiny. Acting Commissioner Abdulla Fairooz is a one of notorious torturer of Maumoon Abdul Gayooms. The torture area is located in the basement of the police headquarters in capital Male’. He is believed to arbitrarily arrest people for minor offences like passing red light and torture them for weeks striping them in naked, sexually abusing them and keeping them wet in solitary confinement, Abu Ghraib style. Then send them to notorious prison in Maafushi Island for more. Abdulla Fairooz is a believer in fundamental Islam and believes that Mohamed Nasheed is having anti Islamic policy. He has brain washed about 20 junior officers and DRP thug’s of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to initiate a jihad against the Mohamed Nasheed’s modest policies.The poor people of Maldives need help of international communities and freedom loving people of the world to boycott the tourism sector in Maldives. Until the military rule is abolished and democratic government is elected. These poor people are already affected by global warming. Please help them at least to have their freedom.
Ahmed Latheef at 2012-02-08221.217.225.*
I feel that the Chinese Ambassador in Maldives is being over cautious. As everyone says, (even in your report) Maldives is very safe for tourists and there are no incidents to indicate otherwise. All flights have been operating on schedule and it is therefore not accurate to say that "370 tourists from Shanghai are stuck in the Maldives". They are all enjoying their holidays and their schedules are not disrupted. Chinese tourists should not be alarmed and should not cancel their trips.
Ahmed Latheef at 2012-02-08221.217.225.*
I feel that the Chinese Ambassador in Maldives is being over cautious. As everyone says, (even in your report) Maldives is very safe for tourists and there are no incidents to indicate otherwise. All flights have been operating on schedule and it is therefore not accurate to say that "370 tourists from Shanghai are stuck in the Maldives". They are all enjoying their holidays and their schedules are not disrupted. Chinese tourists should not be alarmed and should not cancel their trips.
giveusafarego at 2012-02-0858.7.166.*
The first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed is honest patriotic president. He saved people of Maldives from a monster no different to Hitler. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was a murderer and a thief. This Egyptian trained terrorist was terrorizing the people of Maldives for 30 years. If any one criticized his government, they will be arrested and jailed with out trail. The paramilitary was given powers for arbitrary arrests and torture. Mohamed Nasheed was jailed 27 times and badly beaten, still now he walks with a limp. Maumoon has been actively operating in Malaysia to topple the democratically elected government of Maldives from the day he was thrown out of the government. The torture machine and corrupt followers of him blended in to Nasheed government and have been actively disrupting the democratically elected government to make reforms in the government. Such as free health care, dental and optical were provided to all people. Monthly Pensions were given to the old and frail. Water and electricity subsidies are provided to every family in the country. People of Maldives do not know there government must give these kinds of services before. Nasheed’s mode of transport to presidential office is by bicycle or foot. Maumoon lives in a million dollar palace and mode of transport was BMW and Mercedes Benz and road closure were imposed every roads he have to travel. The democratically elected president Mohamed Nasheed is toppled by hefty bribes to junior police officers and low-level military officers. This is confirmed because; the police officer giving the interview is the leader of the mutiny. Acting Commissioner Abdulla Fairooz is a one of notorious torturer of Maumoon Abdul Gayooms. The torture area is located in the basement of the police headquarters in capital Male’. He is believed to arbitrarily arrest people for minor offences like passing red light and torture them for weeks striping them in naked, sexually abusing them and keeping them wet in solitary confinement, Abu Ghraib style. Then send them to notorious prison in Maafushi Island for more. Abdulla Fairooz is a believer in fundamental Islam and believes that Mohamed Nasheed is having anti Islamic policy. He has brain washed about 20 junior officers and DRP thug’s of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to initiate a jihad against the Mohamed Nasheed’s modest policies.The poor people of Maldives need help of international communities and freedom loving people of the world to boycott the tourism sector in Maldives. Until the military rule is abolished and democratic government is elected. These poor people are already affected by global warming. Please help them at least to have their freedom.
  

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