Maldives opposition begins 3-day protest seeking release of jailed ex-president

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Hundreds of opposition supporters have started a three-day long protest to demand the release of the Maldives' former president and other jailed politicians and activists.

The Maldivian Democratic Party says the protest started Friday and will continue for 72 hours. Maldives police have said they will not allow three days of protests and ordered the demonstration to end by midnight Friday.

The party demands the release of former President Mohamed Nasheed, ex-defense minister Mohamed Nazim and opposition leader Sheik Imran Abdulla. The party says they are victims of a political vendetta by President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's government.

The party is also calling for judicial reforms and end to corruption.