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Military coups and violent protests are not what you'd associate with the Maldives. However, on this island paradise a lethal cocktail of wealthy businessmen, Islamic hardliners and corruption lie behind the coup.
Hopes of greater democracy in the Maldives were crushed last week when the government sent in the riot squad. These exclusive pictures show the tactics used.
The Maldives have always faced two main problems - the threat of global warming and government by dictatorship. Bizarrely, the Tsunami appears to have had a positive impact on both.