Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?

Nepal’s Irate Students Clash With Police in Colleges. All pics by Bikas Karki. (photos in this post will not work)

Furious Nepali students today clashed with police at several locations, mostly in colleges, in Kathmandu protesting the arrest of prominent student leader Gagan Thapa on Wednesday. They were demanding immediate release of Thapa and other student activists who have been detained for the last several days. They were also demanding the restoration of democracy in Nepal.

Students threw bricks and stones to police personals and the guys in uniform fired back with bricks and lathis. Students blocked the roads, burnt the tires and chanted anti-government and anti-monarchy slogans. Many students threw stones from insides the colleges. The police have surrounded some of the colleges like ASCOLL, Shankar Dev and Tri Chandra.

It’s not unusual in Nepal for students to hold such protest programs and turn violent when it comes to securing their rights. And many political movements have gained significant momentum by the help of the student protest. Student protests have propelled the mass movements at many occasions in the past, including in the 1990 Mass Movement and 1980 Referendum.

Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!

-Wagle

(Our blogger Ujjwal witnessed one such clash in Shankar Dev Campus, one of the many politically sensitive educational institutes in the capital city. He will come up with a blog in a few hours time. As Ujjwal is waiting for the electricity service to resume in his home area, please go through this photo blogs. All pics by Bikas Karki.)

Blogger Ujjwal Writes:

Gagan Thapa, a student leader most vocal in demanding republic, was arrested yesterday and the arrests sparked anger among students who began their protest today blocking roads, burning tyres on the road and throwing bricks on police. This morning I went to Pashupati Campus, but the protest has already ended before I was there but not at the Shankar Dev College, just a few minutes walk from Singha Durbar â?? that houses prime ministerâ??s office. I, hanging my id card to ensure safety from both side, stood more than an hour watching the protest go on.

Students were on the top of the being-constructed building hurling bricks to police and chanting slogans. At one point, they declared the campus area a republic zone. Some students would occasionally come down on the road to add whatsoever is available to the burning fire and hurl stones at vehicles if they try to ply on the Putalisadak road.

At around, 10:45am, the students themselves stopped the protest which allowed the policemen come and clean the area. I didnâ??t see anyone hurt or injured.

10 Responses to “Photo Blog: Will This Propel the Democracy Movement?”

1. anon Says:
July 28th, 2005 at 10:27 pm

It’s always students who veer the country. Party leaders are cowards.
2. D.MICHAEL VAN DE VEER-mike4radio@yahoo.com Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:18 am

When the students take the struggle to the “HEART OF THE BEAST”, THAMEL… The King & all his men will know their time is short.
LONG LIVE THE NEW REPUBLIC OF NEPAL !!
3. nepalikochoro Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 12:59 am

YES, we have to fight for our rights, fight for democracy … but when seeing what is happening .. it scares me and I think i’m not alone. We cannot get democracy back by burning a building, cars or tyres. We have to look for other means.

Again, the words of MLK come to mind: “The end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends.”
4. nepal1 Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 11:39 am

Wagle says “Now too political parties, journalists, lawyers, civil servants and the civil society are on the street against the royal government. Th question is, Has the time come? Will the apparently sluggish Mass Movement be propelled? I wish the answer was YES!”

Unfortunately Mr. Wagle, the answer is no. Just look at the pictures. No sane, educated person demonstrates like that ! Only goondas do so. And as long as our streets are filled with goondas during demonstrations who vandalize public property in the name of human rights and personal rights.. the time will never come.
5. Ramu Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 1:58 pm

This is not a democracy movement. This is an anarchy movement desiring to place Nepal as another Afghanistan or Iran. When millions will be killed in Nepal like in Afghanistan, then sense will prevail and nostalgia will replace the nostrils of thse students. But that will be too late.
6. Avipsha Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 2:36 pm

ouch! it pains me so much,
does any one know, that was my college, i go there every day to make my dreams come true, but yesterday, it so happened ki i went there late because of the prior information of the ongoing raids and protest out there , i could not help crying and cursing the people, whoever they are, they had burnt my project reports, thesis papers, assingnment files, amid the smoky chars i saw one of my files half burnt and my name in big bold letters printed on it,
yes we have to protest but dont we have any other method, why do not they understand there should be a method in every madness or end often does not justify means.
7. Ghanendra Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Only method is to root out monarchy from Nepal. Let the people rule. let us be the master of our own destiny.
8. Pramod Aryal Says:
July 29th, 2005 at 10:06 pm

Nepal1, Ramu and Avipsha,
you see all these, but why King had to arrest Gagan Thapa. sorry for your thesis, but if police don’t provoket then these students would not throw stones. let them do the demonstration and it will be peaceful, no need to provoke, and no burning of tyres or any thing. king has to GO NOW, what a shit he is amending constitution through executive order, shit this guy has to go for good.
9. reply to all Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 1:10 pm

yeah eh the students dont throuw stones out of nothing………. you been there to see that… i unfortunately have been caught in two occasions but it was two years back though…. and i have seen it and felt it but i dont mean the police are the best of the people.

anyway, the dudes who force the colleges to be locked out and throw stones and burning tyres and burn the vehicles….not only now even in the time of democracy…students eh … campus banada garney, tyre jalauney bidharthi…… afno uchit anuchit maag pura bhayena bhaney yesto garney haru….. chakka jam garda bike chalayo bhaney bikejalauney haru autocratic terrorizing regime bhaneko dekhda po achamma lagcha…oh welll hell with it
10. avipsha_das@yahoo.co.in Says:
July 30th, 2005 at 4:27 pm

lets watch the current crises in nepal, hope things will be better soon !! we cant’t stop happening………….

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