Black Friday Revisited - Repeat Performance or Tianan-Male'
The lone protester standing in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square and Mohamed Nasheed and a few friends sitting in front of the large mass of heavily armed National Security Service personnel in Male' Republic Square is about the same thing. Forceful military violently confronting peaceful pro-democracy supporters.
How many Black Fridays and B*#!^! Thursdays before we are allowed to be free?
It appears to me that Maldivians will never be free by themselves. There are enough well-armed, paid thugs and gangs to suppress any attempt to voice our desire to be free.
Following this violence, the government will conduct widespread arrests to suppress the remaining supporters of the freedom movement, limit access for the foreign press and control coverage of the events in the press.
The only solution seems to be outside intervention. And this is a touchy subject. Maldivians have been innoculated against foreigners by government propaganda. But without widespread international condemnation and sanctions, there appears to be no way for the people to tackle the issues of human rights abuses and corruption.
Today is a big dash for freedom. Let us see how events play out.