UPDATE (Feb 8, 2012 ,13:50 UTC): President Nasheed and his supporters held protests against the coup today, and we’ve just received reports that he has been arrested and many others have been injured and at least 4 killed.
Our fight is a global fight, and early this morning one of our greatest allies, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, was ousted in a military coup. He’s under house arrest at the moment and could be in serious danger. We’re collecting signatures on a petition that we will deliver to key secretaries of state and foreign ministers to make sure there’s pressure on the coup leaders to keep President Nasheed safe.
On our action page, you’ll see a video of President Nasheed at the Copenhagen climate talks–it was one of the great moments of the 350 movement. We also pasted an account of the coup from inside the government. Click Get More Info on the page for both. The Maldives was on course to become the world’s first carbon-neutral nation, a beacon for the rest of the planet; but for the moment, all that matters is the safety of our dear friend and his colleagues.
Days like today remind us how hard this fight will be, and how many setbacks we’ll see on the way. They also remind us that we need solidarity above all else. If you’re a praying person, include Pres. Nasheed and his family in your prayers. We know that all of you are action people–so here’s that sign-on link again.
Bill McKibben and the 350.org team.