Maldives replaces hacked palm trees with fake ones for Independence Day

The organisers of the Maldives’ annual Independence Day celebrations have erected plastic palm trees around the streets of the capital, Malé to replace the genuine palm trees that were cut down in a mysterious anti-palm attack in October 2014.

A palm tree in the Maldives.

A palm tree in the Maldives. Image by Leon Brocard / CC BY 2.0

The unusual act of public vandalism has been blamed on rogue police officers and a dispute between the city council and central government, amidst claims that the palms were being used for black magic against the president! Read more:

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