Are Nepali people ready to fight for democracy? It was debatable as many of them chose to ‘watch and decide’ but on the second day of General Strike it looked like finally the people are fed up with the royal rule
The protests have grown more violent as the activist torched vehicles and at many places resisted police force by hurling stones at them. At Kirtipur, people declared the city ‘police prohibited area’ and have stopped police from entering the city for more than two hours.
The latest news from Kirtipur is that the police have advanced into the protesters’ area and are chasing them away.
A police officer was beaten badly by the people and has to be rushed to hospital. During the two hours of protests, the police have fired a few dozens of tear-gas shells to disperse the people but without much success.
The protesters there have vandalized the statue of the royal kin at the Tribhuvan University area. Reports say the protesters vandalized the statue of late King Mahendra in Butwal where the police used tear-gas to disperse the protesters
Earlier, students declared the Patan Campus area a ‘free territory’ and clashed with the police for hours. Police fired tear-gas shells and used rubber-bullets which injured Anil Khanal, a student activist, who is being cured at the Patan Hospital. The students vandalized the post office and temporary police booth there.
The police have already arrested hundreds of protesters from around the city while the protesters have burnt down a few vehicles including motorbikes and taxis.
There are protests in the various parts of the valley including Bhaktapur and the clashes between police and activists are growing more violent.
Meanwhile the government employees at banks and communication and electricity offices have joined the protest by bringing the administrative proceedings to a halt.
(To be updated)