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TL;DR

Maldives government has gone rogue, snorted a fat dose of Taliban Crazy, taking down pro-freedom Facebook pages, conducting violent mass arrests of pro-freedom demonstrators and its brutal police force has even put a TV reporter into hospital critical care.

Anonymous is providing help to the population by spreading news, which is otherwise being under reported in mainstream media, and developing guides to help citizens using the Internet stay as safe as possible from state snooping.

Background

The authoritarian regime that ruled Maldives, a beautiful island nation with 320,000 people for 30 years, has wrestled its way back into power -- but not without major resistance from the people.

Maldives had its first democratic elections in 2008, but a military backed coup forced President Nasheed from office in Feb. 2012. Since then, he has been arrested, sought refuge with the Indian government, been arrested again. Hundreds of people turn out for daily protests and they are summarily beaten, arrested and harassed. What are the Maldives people fighting for? Freedom of speech, end to police brutality, no Sharia, and a free and safe election this September. The Maldives police and military have been trained by UK law enforcement and US FBI to put down protests. My, this looks familiar!

So far, other governments have expressed only "concern" and "puzzlement" over the situation in Maldives. Some of us have been following the situation since the coup last year and have found the Maldives activists to be open, hopeful and full of lulz. They are eager for some help getting the world to pay attention and apply pressure on this very corrupt regime that will take the country backwards 100 years.

Recommended Readings

Facebook Shuts Down Activists Page: http://minivannews.com/politics/fac...-government-protest-page-without-notice-54152

Maldives coup regime pretends to be WikiLeaks/Assange https://twitter.com/exposed_mv

Something is basically wrong in Maldives http://www.ibrahimshoppe.com/something-is-basically-wrong-in-maldives/

Chinese tourists boycott Maldives resort amid claims of discrimination http://www.scmp.com/news/china/arti...tt-maldives-resort-amid-claims-discrimination

Wave of mass arrests after Maldives ex-president detained http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\03\07\story_7-3-2013_pg14_5

India “monitoring”, UK “puzzled”, Canada “deeply concerned” by Nasheed arrest http://minivannews.com/politics/ind...nada-deeply-concerned-by-nasheed-arrest-54068

Twitter suspendsed activist who tweeted about boycotting supporters of military coup http://www.rightnow.io/breaking-news/maldives_bn_1331711430918.html

Amnesty International: The arrest of former President an example of “selective justice” http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media...esident-s-arrest-selective-justice-2013-03-05

The Maldives is a keg today http://articles.timesofindia.indiat...ivian-democratic-party-president-abdul-gayoom

Analysis of the ongoing authoritarian reversal: http://www.dhivehisitee.com/

UK Foreign Office to “pressure” Maldives over tackling police abuses: http://minivannews.com/politics/uk-...ling-alleged-police-abuses-the-guardian-49289

Shocking images: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/maldives coup

Freedom Watch Maldives: http://fwmv.tumblr.com/

China establishes nuclear submarine base: http://articles.timesofindia.indiat...surveillance-systems-ins-tillanchang-maldives

Avoid 'pro-coup’ resorts, tourists are asked: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/t...void-pro-coup-resorts-tourists-are-asked.html

Democracy in peril, How can you help? http://www.friendsofmaldives.org/