Police within the Maldives used tear fuel and pepper spray to regulate a crowd of people that disrupted a yoga event organised by the Indian High Commission within the capital Male, an organiser stated.
The crowd stormed a stadium the place greater than 150 folks, together with diplomats and authorities officers, had been collaborating in an event celebrating International Day of Yoga, attacking members and vandalising the property, one of many organisers stated.
Earlier, the protesters carried placards proclaiming that yoga was towards the tenets of Islam.
Islam is the state faith within the Maldives, a gaggle of islands within the Indian Ocean with a inhabitants of about half one million.
Police responded with anti-riot measures and later used pepper spray and tear fuel to regulate the gang and safe the realm, a police spokesman stated.
Six folks have been arrested in reference to the incident.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated a police investigation into the incident had begun.
“This is being treated as a matter of serious concern and those responsible will be swiftly brought before the law,” Mr Solih stated on Twitter.
Radicalisation has been a serious concern for safety forces within the Maldives, higher recognized for its boutique beachside resorts and movie star vacationers.
Authorities blamed “religious extremists” for an assassination try on parliamentary speaker Mohamed Nasheed final yr.
The authorities has cracked down on extremism, with police arresting a suspected recruiter for the so-called Islamic State in 2019, and international preachers are banned from coming into the nation.
The yoga session in Male was one in all many organised all over the world to mark International Yoga Day, an annual event adopted by the United Nations in 2014.
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