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Blog: Maldives security forces assault women protesters

Headline Title:  Blog: Maldives security forces assault women protesters 29 February 2012 By Amnesty International staffA group of peaceful women protesters who wanted to mark their opposition to the Maldives’ new president found themselves on the receiving end of a violent assault.Charged with batons and doused with pepper spray by the Maldivian army (MNDF), they fell foul of the authorities as they attempted to approach a rally in Addu City addressed by President Waheed on 26 February.The 20 women were ahead of a crowd of about 70 when the police stopped them, saying they had been…

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