Against the teachings of Islam.
Islamists storm a yoga event in the Maldives
In the Maldivian capital, Male, Islamists stormed a public yoga event on a football field.
Publication date: 06/21/2022 at 3:39 pm
According to local media, dozens of attackers disrupted the India-backed event for the Paradise holiday on Tuesday, criticizing yoga as “contrary to the teachings of Islam”. Police used tear gas to disperse the Islamists and arrested six people.
Police are investigating the attackers
The attackers reportedly waved flags bearing religious symbols and drove people who had gathered to celebrate International Yoga Day off their yoga mats.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih described the attack as “extremely worrying” and added that police were investigating. “Officials will be brought to justice quickly,” he wrote on Twitter.
Extremism becomes a problem
The Maldives is known for its luxury hotels and gorgeous beaches, but religious extremism is becoming a growing problem for the Sunni Muslim island nation located in southwest India. For example, the authorities also blame “religious extremists” for the attempted assassination of Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed in May 2021, from which the politician survived.
The government is taking firm measures against the Islamists: in 2019, the police arrested a person suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State (ISIS), and foreign preachers were banned from entering the country.
The gathering in Male was one of many global events to celebrate International Yoga Day. Since its introduction by the United Nations in 2014, it has been celebrated every year on June 21.
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