Amnesty urges Maldives forces to stop violence


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Amnesty International has urged security forces in the Maldives to stop using violence against supporters of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, who resigned Tuesday.

The group says eyewitnesses in the Indian Ocean nation report that Nasheed and his supporters were marching peacefully in the capital, Male, when police attacked them. It says police also failed to protect the group from a violent counterdemonstration.

The group says some demonstrators were seriously hurt, and that an eyewitness saw Nasheed's face covered in blood.

Nasheed supporters rioted after the clash. Others seized remote police stations.

Nasheed says he was forced to resign at gunpoint and will fight to return to office. New President Mohammed Waheed Hassan denies Nasheed's claim.