Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) personnel patrol the streets after a state of emergency was declared in Male, Maldives, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (Sharwaan/Sun Online via AP)
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The United States and Britain have expressed deep concern after the Maldives imposed a state of emergency, saying it curtailed vital civil liberties and urging the release of jailed opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed.Britain, a former colonial power in the Maldives, echoed Washington's concern at the imposition of a state of emergency for the first time in 11 years.There was no immediate word from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on whether it would defy the emergency and go ahead with the protest on the capital island Male.The Maldives' Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon earlier denied that the move was intended to suppress the protest, but said it was unlikely to go ahead "because of the security" in Male.
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