‘Brothel spa’ spat

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COLOMBO: The Mal­dives has or­dered hundreds of lux­ury ho­tels to close their spas af­ter protests by an Is­lamist party which said they were a front for pros­ti­tu­tion. The tourism min­istry in­structed all re­sort ho­tels to shut spas and health cen­tres of­fer­ing beauty treat­ments and mas­sage with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The op­po­si­tion Ad­haalath party, a con­ser­va­tive move­ment whose web­site fea­tures an ar­ti­cle crit­i­cis­ing “lust­ful mu­sic”, staged protests in the cap­i­tal, Male, last week.

There is grow­ing con­cern about the in­flu­ence of a mi­nor­ity of re­li­gious fun­da­men­tal­ists. There have been anti- semitic protests against the de­ci­sion to al­low di­rect flights from Is­rael, while a restau­rant that hung up Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions last year was also tar­geted. – SAPA-AFP

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