British holidaymakers to the Maldives are being advised to avoid protests and demonstrations following the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed.
Nasheed, now leader of the main opposition party, was arrested on Sunday under anti-terror laws.
He complained of being manhandled by police after he had ignored attempts to prevent him from speaking to reporters outside court, the BBC reported.
His arrest sparked a large street protest in Malé, the capital of the Indian Ocean island nation.
“Protests and demonstrations are not uncommon, especially in the capital Malé,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.
“Previous demonstrations have led to violence and arrests. Take care, remain vigilant, take appropriate security precautions and avoid large gatherings, protests and rallies,” the FCO added in an updated travel advisory.
It also pointed out that there is no British Embassy or Consulate in Maldives – Kuoni’s best selling long-haul destination from the UK for ten years.
“If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, the FCO said. “An honorary consul in the capital, Malé, can liaise with the British High Commission in Sri Lanka in emergencies.”
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