In a previous instance violence was averted when Mohamed Amin was taken to Dhoonidhoo. Sadly he made the decision to come to Male' in the dead of night and was attacked by a mob organized by his political opponents. Mohamed Amin died of the injuries sustained during this mob violence.
If the armed forces had taken Gayoom to Dhoonidhoo on his arrival from Singapore, we could have evaded all this violence. The military and police should move on from being regime thugs to protectors of the people.
If we could also agree that Gayoom is too old, his methods are out-of-date, we could resolve the current problem without violence. Arab dictator politics is too violent for island people. The education that " ah-Sheikh al-Akh al-Ustaaz President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom al-Azhari" received in the 50' and 60's from pyjama-clad mullahs in Cairo is not what we need for the Maldives if we want modernity and progress. We should move on.