Rallies, protests, arrests, campaigns and imposition of curfew marked Wednesday, the day before the four-day long General Strike
By Ujjwal Acharya/ Photos by Bikash Karki
This morning a number of leaders were arrested from their home. 37 professionals including lawyers, journalists and doctors were arrested in the morning when they tried to rally peacefully.
The professionals were kept in the police station at New Baneshwor, were transferred to Mahendra Police Club in the afternoon.
Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) organized a protest program at New Road, the prohibited area in which 24 journalists, including me, were arrested. Even five disabled were arrested during the rally.
Those arrested at New Road included Kanak Mani Dixit, FNJ vice-president Shiva Gaule and treasurer Hemanta Kafle among others. There were a little scuffle between the journalists and police. Dixit and Gaule even managed to deliver short speeches before they were arrested.
The journalists were kept at the Ward Police Office, Jana Sewa for three hours before were released. The professionals arrested in the morning were also released as well as a few leaders.
Students in various colleges staged protest programs despite policemen making arrests and entering college and hostels.
Students Protest on Tuesday.
I have found a pamplet, an appeal from the district administration offices of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur asking people not to participate in the so-called general strike because ‘the terrorists are involved in it.’
And the DAO of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur has declared curfew from 11pm to 3am in night until further notice.