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Adalath Party Art Exhibition
Fall of a Regime
National Gallery, Male', Maldives August 2012

Modern Coup Period




Introduction and translations by Maldives Culture
Photos: Boris Wille





The Adalath Party, which has declared the Quran to be its party policy, once condemned the use of human figures in art. Now it sponsors an exhibition crammed with virile men! There has been a change of heart, enshallah. Only faces seem to be haram; a curious rule for the heads of the common. Such conventions usually apply only to representation of the face of the Prophet.

The event was misnamed. It tells the story of a regime's installation, not its fall. The paintings, numbered from 1 to 60, were organised as a chronological narrative with written explanations in Divehi. There was no English for the gallery visitors - this exhibition, like the coup, was strictly in-house and the story it told was revealing. Large direction arrows guided visitors anti-clockwise around the gallery.

Circumnabulatory exploration of the angst afflicting certain resort owners, members of the Maldivian religious establishment and sections of the security forces before and during the coup of 7 February would have been better done as a comic book. Siru's men (there are no women) are faceless and inarticulate. They feel, roar and fight, spending their inactive moments huddled, heads down, benumbed by the challenge of thought.

Mixing imagery of fantasy, violence and feigned piety has always been a lucrative business, and Siru follows in this unfortunate tradition. Most, if not all of his hasty compositions were based on photographs (the easy way), and the narrative was straight from the CoNI report (no intelligence or integrity required).

And where is the enemy that required the invoking of God and a police mutiny? The artist gives us clues but no answers. Does Siru know who or what the imagined enemy really is? Why are they/is it undrawable? A patch of yellow here and there, a tiny coloured sketch but nothing else, just a mass of emotion, hypocrisy and delusion, grim and boring. The same contradictions are handled with more nuance and humour at the annual Mr MNDF contest.




"A banner at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport for the 17th SAARC Summit held in Addu City and Fuah Mulak from 10-11 November 2011, showing anti-Islamic motifs. This was the time President Nasheed's government began openly showing anti-Islamic activities."


"From the series of anti-Islamic activities carried out by President Nasheed:
At the opening ceremony of one of idol monuments erected at Addu City. This was when protests began against the anti-Islamic crimes the government was committing.
'I found out that idols were erected only after they were destroyed,' said President Nasheed."



"Among the monuments was a non-Islamic monument of Pakistan. This was when people lost all patience with Nasheed's government's anti-Islamic activities, and came out on the street."


"Maldives police officers guarding a monument depicting non-Muslim idols of worship. President Nasheed's government forced police to protect monuments depicting non-Muslim idols of worship when the people raised their voices against the installation of such monuments."


"Getting ready for the peaceful gathering of 23 December. 23december.com website author Ali Ahusan was taken into police protection in order to intimidate him."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. At that time all the leaders of political parties opposed to the government took part in this gathering."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. About 30,000 people took an oath invoking Allah to defend Islam."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. The leader of Adhalath party, Sheik Imaran Abdulla gave a highly emotional speech."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. About 30,000 people praying to Allah for strength and support."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. About 30,000 took up the national flag and protested against the anti-Islamic policies of President Nasheed's government."


"23 December MDP rally. Because so many thousands of people have raised their voices and protested against President Nasheed's government, President Nasheed holds a gathering at the Artificial Beach where an unusually small number of people attend, and he openly insults Islam."





"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. In preparation for sunset prayer, people are ritually washing. Due to a shortage of fresh water, and to save time, many people washed with seawater."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. About 30,000 people performing sunset prayer at the Grounds of Victory. 'Wearing headbands in the spirit of jihad, saying Allah Akbar, climbing down to the sea over the sea wall, ritually washing and suddenly going down onto the ground and praying, won't that make people feel something?' said President Nasheed."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. Jumhooree Party leader and Majlis member for Magili, Buruma Gasim raising his voice in defending Islam."


"A large, peaceful gathering on 23 December. When it was a long time past midnight, there was no change to the resolve of those who gathered for victory for Islam at the 'Grounds of Victory'."


"Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed gesturing goodbye to his gathered supporters as he is taken to Doonidoo after being arrested on the orders of President Nasheed. The government starts to arrest and intimidate political leaders following the large gathering on 23 December."


"Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed's enforced disappearance. After he refused to issue unlawful court orders for the detention of rival politicians, he was arrested and detained by the defence force late at night while he was with his family. It was an enforced disappearance. As a result, protests began which lasted for twenty-two nights."


"From the 22 nights of protests:
PPM council member and Majlis member for Galolhu South, Ahmed Mahloof being removed from among people gathered in protest at the Republic Square after the Friday prayer."



"From the 22 nights of protests:
Famous lawyer, Majlis member for Kulhudhuffushi South, Mohamed (Kutti) Nasheed addressing the crowd. "Even if I am crushed and squashed, I will say Judge Abdulla is detained in breach of the constitution.' "



"From the 22 nights of protests:
Police arresting Sandhanu Ahmed Didi as he raises his voice in defence of the constitution."



"From the 22 nights of protests:
PPM council member Maz Saleem addressing a large crowd of Alliance people gathered near the Maldives Monetary Authority building."



"From the 22 nights of protests:
DRP activist (Eagles) Saleem being manhandled during the arrest of people gathered near the Maldives Monetary Authority building."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Then police intelligence chief MC Hameed and some other chief officers in discussion, because police are refusing to obey unlawful orders and leave Republic Square."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Police and chief officers of police in disagreement. While circumstances were being created for a confrontation between the Alliance people and MDP activists, President Nasheed and high government officials unlawfully ordered police to vacate the area."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
As the situation was heated, defence force members arrived. The defence force was brought in because there was no other way of removing police from the scene."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Above - police leaving the Artificial Beach. Below - defence forces entering the Artificial Beach. Police left the area after waiting for the arrival of the defence force."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
After repeatedly receiving commands from his chief officers, a policeman leaves the police security line and walks away."






"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Top - people gathered on the stage.
Second from the top - the situation between the Alliance people and MDP activists was heated. They remained on both sides of the police security line. A verbal exchange is taking place.
Third from top - the security line is removed at the command of the chief officers. The way is paved for bloodshed.
Bottom - after the police vacated the area, the verbal exchanges became more heated. While it is turning into a violent situation, the defence force waits and watches on the street."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Top and middle - after the defence force was removed from scene, heated acts of violence and bloodshed take place.
Bottom - While the defence force unit is in retreat, they observe the violent confrontation at Artificial Beach escalating again."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
A police force unit that went to the Republic Square returns to the Artificial Beach. The police unit decided to go there after receiving news that the defence unit was ordered to retreat and the activists were attacking the people of the Alliance, and that a huge fight had developed between the two groups."



"Night before 7 February at the Artificial Beach:
Police officers who went to Republic Square return to the Artificial Beach. As a result of chief officers stopping police vehicles, many police went to the Artificial Beach by running very fast."



"Night before 7 February:
Police waiting at the Republic Square, refusing to obey the unlawful orders given by President Nasheed's government."



"Night before 7 February:
Police at Republic Square calmly await a reply from the Police Commissioner."



"Night before 7 February:
Police gather at Republic Square demanding an assurance that they will no longer receive unlawful orders."



"Night before 7 February:
At dawn, members of the public gather at Republic Square and support the police."



"Night before 7 February at Republic Square:
Alliance people gathered at the Maldives Monetary Authority area are pulling down the corrugated iron fence erected by Male' City Council. It is believed that Male' City Council set up this fence to discourage Alliance people from gathering there and protesting."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
President Nasheed coming out to address the people gathered there. 'In my view, you children have done something naughty,' he said."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Accompanied by some members of Majlis, MDP activists armed with sharp weapons gather at the corner of Reefside shop."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Police with loud voices renew their oath of allegiance. With members of the public gathered around, it was a moment when the atmosphere was overwhelmed by a feeling of nationalist passion."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Immediately after the renewal of the police oath, MDP activists armed with weapons attack. A violent confrontation is taking place between the parties. MDP Majlis members took the lead role in this. Apparently, President Nasheed witnessed this event."



Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Members of the defence force attempt to arrest police. To do this, President Nasheed and top MDP leaders repeatedly gave unlawful orders."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Firing rubber bullets at the citizens of Maldives on the orders of President Nasheed. This was the first time in the history of Maldives that rubber bullets were used against the people."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Police retreating to safety when the defence force began firing rubber bullets."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Police and members of the public attempting to escape the attacks carried out on the orders of President Nasheed. The blood of many police and members of the public were shed on Republic Square on that day as result of the orders given by President Nasheed."



Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
A member of defence going towards the police who were retreating to escape from rubber bullets.



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square: When the confrontation between the police and the defence force attempting to arrest them was at the crucial point, in the clouds of tear gas, members of the public tried to calm both sides."


"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Mohamed Nazim addresses the public after going into Bandara Koshi at the invitation of the then Defence Minister Thol-hath."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Immediately after receiving the news that President Nasheed would resign, Majlis Member for Vilimafannu, Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik celebrates with members of the public."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
Members of the public celebrating after receiving news that President Nasheed would resign."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
More members of the public celebrating after receiving news that President Nasheed would resign."



"Morning of 7 February at Republic Square:
PPM interim Vice President Umar Naseer celebrating after receiving news that President Nasheed would resign."



"Noon on 7 February at Republic Square:
Haneef, the first person to be injured by the attacks from Bandara Koshi. Many police, defence force and members of the public were injured, and blood was shed on that day."



"Noon on 7 February at Republic Square:
Maldives police and defence force take steps to make the road safe as President Nasheed goes to the President's Office to announce his resignation."



"Noon on 7 February at Republic Square:
After spending a long time in Bandara Koshi commanding the defence force personally, President Nasheed is on his way in a car travelling to the President's Office to resign. Until the very last moment and without remiss, the defence force provided safety and protection to him."



"Midday 7 February at the Republic Square:
Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed who was in enforced disappearance on the orders of President Nasheed, arriving on Male' accompanied by police."



"Midday 7 February at the President's Office:
President Nasheed writing his letter of resignation by hand."



"Midday 7 February at the President's Office:
President Nasheed announcing his resignation in the presence of media and his cabinet members."



"Afternoon of 7 February:
President Nasheed entering Mulee-age [the President's official residence] after his resignation."



"Afternoon of 7 February:
Mohamed Nazim and Abdulla Riyaz returning after assisting President Nasheed and taking him safely to Mulee-age."



"Afternoon of 7 February at the Majlis secretariat:
After President Nasheed resigned of his own accord, the then vice president Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik took the Presidential oath before the Speaker of Majlis."













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