[ View the story "Parliamentary session blocked in the Maldives" on Storify] Parliamentary session blocked in the Maldives Politicians prevent President Waheed from opening parliament, while protesters take to the streets.
Storified by The Stream · Thu, Mar 01 2012 14:34:04
Three weeks after Mohamed Nasheed resigned as President of the Maldives, members of Parliament from his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) blocked the country's new President Mohamed Waheed from opening parliament.
Nasheed alleges he was ousted in a coup and that his resignation came at gunpoint. Additionally, protesters called for early elections and challenged the legitimacy of the new government.
The video below shows MDP MPs blocking Waheed as he arrived at parliament:
MDP MPs try to block President Waheed from entering parliamenthaveeruvideos
Maldivians on Twitter celebrated the protest:
1st time in history, Maldives President failed to deliver presidential address in the parliament. What does it mean? #mvcoup #mvprotestMohd Abdulla Shafeeg
Today's protest was successful. But still along way to go to end the baagee reign of terror. Good work #mvcoup #mvprotestNasru Tizio
Again just a reminder. You are dealing with people who executed a coup. Don't expect them to play fair. Be careful and be safe. #mvprotestSofwathullah Mohamed
Today #Maldives witness the POWER of PEOPLE. More to FOLLOW. Watch us #Syria #Palestine #mvcoup #mvprotest #CNN #BBC #AFP #APKhalid bin Waleed
Dear Baaghee Waheed (@vpwaheed), I hope you have learned the lesson.. Now get off and do the right thing.. Step down!! #mvcoup #mvprotestAmmadz Faiz
Many commented on the Maldivian police's handling of the protests, while others claimed that police had been attacked by protesters.
I call upon local police not to arrest any MDP MP or any other foreign missionary volunteers who joined MDP peaceful protest. #mvprotestRevolución
people shud remember that the police also consist of humans and not robots #mvprotest #mvcoupahmed yaamin
@dan_ming 14 police officers wounded and 04 officers are in crical condition, 01 police officer was airlifted to Srilanka for treatmentHulhuRaees
Some praised the role of female protesters.
Mvprotest, Women at the frontlines - 1st March 2012aliriyaz
Saabahey MDP Women! So much courage! #mvprotestSujuaan
... and the winners of today are the ladies. #mvprotest #mvcoup #maldives #baageepuppetwaheedSofwathullah Mohamed
The US Embassy for the Maldives and Sri Lanka issued a statement regarding the protests over Twitter:
In response to #Maldives Majlis #mvprotest, the US encourages all parties to reach a peaceful solution & follow roadmap
. Embassy Colombo
Others on Twitter were critical of the anti-Waheed protesters:
Its a real shame that yellow MPs attacked Majlis Speaker since even IF HEP is to go, who'd be in-charge? Morons! #maldives #mvprotestAlSulaShraz Ganjafii
this is the second time MDP Mps hijacked the parliament of Maldives #mvprotest #maldivesAhmed Affan Shafy
And some said an early election is crucial to the political transition in the Maldives.
lets not forget, we still need a date for election. #mvprotestshaffah
Protests should continue until Coup leader Waheed gives way for early elections #mvcoup #mvprotest #maldivesBadiullo Abubakur