Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a state of emergency for 15 days and security forces stormed the Supreme Court in an escalation of a power struggle with the archipelago\u2019s top court.\r\nPolice also arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom at his residence along with his son-in-law. Gayoom is Yameen\u2019s half-brother and ruled the country in the Indian Ocean for 30 years until 2008 but is now in the opposition.\r\nHis detention is further evidence of a bid by Yameen to strengthen his grip on power.\r\nThe president has defied a Supreme Court ruling ordering jailed opposition leaders to be freed, including Gayoom\u2019s son Farish, an opposition lawmaker.\r\nYameen has ruled since 2013 but faces mounting pressure at home and from the United States and India to release former president Mohamed Nasheed from a 13-year jail sentence and free eight other opponents from prison.\r\n\u201cThe President has been compelled to declare a state of emergency due to the risk currently posed to national security,\u201d said a statement from the president\u2019s office. \u201cImplementation of the Supreme Court ruling is \u2013 in its current form \u2013 incompatible with maintenance of public safety.\u201d\r\nChina, the United States and India issued travel advisories for the Maldives, a country of 400,000 people best known as a beach paradise for tourists.\r\nThe tumult comes during the peak tourism season. Tourism brought in $2.7 billion of revenue for the Maldives in 2016.\r\n\u201cI just spoke to the Chief Justice and he told me that the gates of the Supreme Court is being stormed by the military. He is inside and nobody can go out or come in,\u201d Husnu Al Suood, the president of Maldives Bar Association and a former Attorney general, told Reuters late on Monday.\r\n\u201cThe emergency means the Supreme Court activities are suspended and nobody is in charge of judiciary,\u201d he said.\r\nShortly after, the spokesperson for the court confirmed that state security forces had broken into the court.\r\nReuters.