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The Maldives' Troubled Paradise
Beneath the outsiders' vision of the Maldives lurks a troubled reality- one shaped by
30 years of a brutal dictatorship. No one knows this better than Mohamed Nasheed,
the nation's new democratically elected President, who unseated Maumoon Abdul
Gayoom, the Maldives' ruler since 1978, in a landmark election in October 2008.
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  • A young boat operator maintains his balancing while working on a ferry boat that transports people from the airport on Hulhulé island to Malé, the capital of the Maldives on March 5, 2009.
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  • A ferry boat transports passengers from the airport at Hulhulé island to Malé, the capital of the Maldives on March 5, 2009.
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  • A lone bicyclist rides along an empty street in Malé, the capital of the Maldives on March 5, 2009. In the background is a power plant, which burns diesel fuel, the primary source of energy used on the island nation.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Fisherman argue with security forces during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices they receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October, 2008, Maldivians are adapting quickly to their right to free speech.
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  • Women stand right up against a police line during a demonstration on March  6, 2009 in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. They are protesting the low prices that fisherman receive from the government cooperative. After the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end in October 2008, both citizens and the police are adapting to new found freedoms under democracy.
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  • A crew member awakes from a nap on a ferry boat on March 6, 2009 in Malé, Maldives.  Mohamed Nasheed, the newly and democratically elected president in October 2008, has promised to make transportation between the islands a priority. As it presently stands there is little public inter-island transportation, which serves as an economic barrier and prevents people from receiving adequate medical attention.
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  • A man looks off to the right while cleaning a boat docked in the harbor of Malé, Maldives on March 6, 2009.
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  • People pass by a Coca-Cola billboard in Malé, Maldives on March 6, 2009. The women's faces have been spray-painted black. During Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's 30 year dictatorship the ex-president suppressed the spread of Islamic Fundamentalism. With high rates of unemployment and a rapidly increasing disenfranchised young population there is concern about the growth of more radical forms of Islam in the Maldives.
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  • A group of boys play basketball on March 6, 2009 in Malé, Maldives.
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  • A group of boys ride razor scooters near artificial beach in Malé, Maldives on March 6, 2009.
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  • A boys plays with a light saber on March 6, 2009 artificial beach in Malé, Maldives. Male comes alive at night as the sun lowers and temperatures drop.
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  • Workers throw boxes on March 7, 2009 as they unload a truck in Malé, Maldives. The island nation of the Maldives is heavily dependent on imports from abroad.
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  • Muslim women talk on the phone as they walk by a poster of a newly released movie on March 7, 2009 in Malé, Maldives.
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  • Three girls play hide and seek under a pavillion on March 7, 2009 in Malé, Maldives.  Graffiti below celebrates the end of the 30 year dictatorship of ex-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
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  • A lone surfer swims out to surf off the surf break in Malé, Maldives on March 7, 2009.  The island nation is in danger of flooding due to climate change.
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  • A family walks along the sea wall on March 7, 2009 in Malé, Maldives. Eighty percent of the 1,200 islands that make up the islands nation of the Maldives are less than one meter (three feet) above sea level. This sea wall was built to withstand a rise of three meters.
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  • Fisherman line the beach while passers-by and children watch in Malé, Maldives on March 7, 2009. Fishing and tourism each occupy a third of the Maldivian GDP.
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  • A man sits alone on one of the tetrapods that surround and protect the capital of the Maldives, Malé, on March 7, 2009. The tetrapod breakwater was built as part of a Japanese foreign aid project after a typhoon damaged the island in 1988.
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  • Election graffiti cover the walls that line the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 8, 2009. In October 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed, nicknamed "Anni" among the population and a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, was elected president in the first democratic elections.
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  • Immigrants from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka dig an open ditch on the streets of Malé, Maldives on March 7, 2009. Immigration is a relatively new phenomenon in Malé and as a result immigrants are commonly treated are commonly exploited.
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