Police Clash with Expatriate Workers Protesting Over Unpaid Salaries

Police officers have had a clash with the expatriate workers who were protesting over months of unpaid salaries.

A group of expatriate workers confronted police officers with violence and damaged police property when the police attended to a protest in Hulhumale’ on 13th July 2020. The protesters threw bricks towards the police officers who attended the scene and injured several police officers.

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When the Maldives Police Service received infonnation of this, a team from the Public Safety and Response Unit of Special Operations Department was deployed to the scene. A total of 41 expatriate workers have been arrested in relation to this and they are now under investigation for criminal offenses.

The Maldives Police Service strongly condemns such violent behaviors that put life and property of the public and security services at risk. Police have assured the public that strict legal action will be taken against those who commit such violence and unlawful activities and will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who promotes or commit violence in these situations.

The Maldives Police Service advises not to resort to violence in the name of industrial conflicts and requests everyone to seek legal measures to resolve issues such as unpaid wages and other contractual disagreements between employees and employers.

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