Police within the Maldives used tear gasoline and pepper spray to manage a crowd of people that disrupted a yoga occasion organised by the Indian Excessive Fee, or embassy, within the capital Male on Tuesday morning, an organiser stated.
The gang stormed a stadium the place greater than 150 folks, together with diplomats and authorities officers, had been participating in an occasion celebrating Worldwide Day of Yoga, attacking members and vandalising the property, one of many organisers, who didn’t wish to be named as a result of he was not authorised to talk with the media, advised Reuters.
Earlier, the protesters brandished placards proclaiming that yoga was towards the tenets of Islam.
Islam is the state faith within the Maldives, a bunch of islands within the Indian Ocean with a inhabitants of about half 1,000,000.
Police responded with anti-riot measures and later used pepper spray and tear gasoline to manage the gang and safe the realm, Superintendent of Police Fathmath Nashwa advised Reuters.
Six folks have been arrested in reference to the incident, Nashwa stated.
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,” Solih stated on Twitter.