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Reclaim the Parliament

Isn’t it funny how the MPs we elected are trying to give us the finger? When concerned citizens rise up and paste posters on the walls, the MPs are trying to retaliate by making that a criminal offense. The public deserves to know the phone numbers of the MPs. The people can criticize the MPs. No Privileges Bill should make the MPs immune to the criticism of the people. We will not stay idle and watch them pass resolutions and bills against us, the people. We will not tolerate their circus of a majlis chamber. We will reclaim the parliament.

photo: dyingregime

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The Parliament belongs to the people

Citizens are expressing outrage over the ridiculous bill passed recently by the parliament to increase their benefits and allowances.

Please join the facebook group which is the main forum for organising the protests. As citizens of this country you deserve a better life and a better future. Don’t let the parliamentarians hijack your future.

More information on this issue:

Maldives Voices

Majlis Laundry

Idhikeeli

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Clean Up the Judiciary


This man’s name is Mujthaz Fahmy. His mobile phone number is 7778111. We want you to call him. Why? He is the Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which has a mandate under the constitution to appoint and scrutinize judges. As the Chairman of JSC, Mujthaz is keeping important documents to himself without sharing it with other JSC members. He is trying to appoint corrupt judges who have criminal records. The JSC is trying to make those judges permanent, meaning they will remain in their positions till they retire at 70 years of age.

This is an important alert to members and supporters of 919 Movement. In 2008, we worked day and night to bring democracy to the Maldives. We organised campaigns, we put coffins on streets of the capital and we distributed hundreds of fliers. Our friends from Lable Red and the youth of Villingili held music shows protesting the dictatorship. Badhalakah Emmen held a march down the central street of Male and organised music shows. However, the struggle is not over yet. Without a good judiciary our democracy will be like a melody without music.

So please make that phone call to Mujthaz Fahmy and tell him you don’t want criminals as judges. We want you to send him SMS saying you want only judges with clean records in the judiciary. Keep checking this blog for more updates and actions.

For background info on JSC and what is happening now:
Article 285: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Article-285/131398343543647
Velezinee’s Blog: http://velezinee.blogspot.com
Idhikeeli FB page: http://facebook.com/idhikeeli
Idhikeeli Blog: http://idhikeeli.blogspot.com

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919 places coffins in public places to remind people of Gayoom regime’s torture

MALE’, 07 OCTOBER 2008 – 919, a democracy movement recently established in the Maldives, has placed coffins in public places in the capital Male’ to draw attention to the torture and suppression practiced by the ruling regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Photos of people who had been tortured and killed in prison were placed on the coffin lid along with messages urging the people not to vote for people with blood on their hands. Flyers from 919 (pronounced as nine-one-nine) were put inside the coffins. The coffins, placed in high profile public places, drew much attention from the people.

The campaign has been launched ahead of the first multi-party election in the Maldives, to be held on 8 October. Gayoom has ruled the country with an iron fist since November 1978. He is Asia’s longest serving ruler, and is one of the last remaining dictators in the world. Under his rule, corruption has surged as reported by Transparency International while press freedom was suppressed for years as documented by Reporters without Borders.

The coffins are a reminder to the people of the atrocities committed by the Gayoom regime, as the dictator runs for a seventh consecutive term. For the first time he is facing opponents in an election. Previous elections were just a farce with Gayoom as the single candidate in a yes or no referendum.

919 urges the people not to vote for Gayoom and neither for other candidates who were once pillars of his brutal regime. Even though 919 is an independent movement, it is endorsing Mohamed Nasheed (Anni), the presidential candidate from Maldivian Democratic Party. 919 urges all citizens of Maldives to rally behind Anni, to bring an end to the dictatorship in the Maldives through ballot box.

Download 919 fliers on presidential election

Flyer 1, Flyer 2, Flyer 3, Flyer 4

Download press release on coffins placed in public places by 919

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