Political parties have started campaigning for the April demonstrations. Pic by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur
Now that the programs for the grand protest against autocracy has been announced, Nepal’s political parties, supported by their sister organizations, have geared up for the BIG Decisive April Demonstrations. They have started rallying around the cities, sometime like in the photo above, carrying torches with them, to publicize the upcoming demos and telling people to be ready for the final assault against autocracy. Students associated with the Free Student’s Union at Tri-Chandra Campus organized a tourch-light rally in Maitidevi Temple this evening. Yesterday, parties organized a rally in Ason area and requested people for their support.
The Seven Party Alliance (SPA) announced their protest programs April 6-9 on the same day when they disclosed the second edition of their agreement with the Maoists. The underground rebels, declared terrorists by the State, have expressed their support for the programs. The government has vowed to foil the April demonstrations of parties saying that the organizers will be treated as Maoists because, according to Home Minister Kamal Thapa, “that’s Maoists’ program”. Parties have defended their second pact with the Maoists and their right to protest peacefully.– DW
Student seader Gagan thapa speaks at a program called “Bidhyarthi Jagaran Abhiyan” (Student Awareness Campaign) organized this afternoon in Padmadyoya Higher Secondary School (Education College) at Putalisadak, Kathmandu. He asked for students’ support for the general strike scheduled for April 6-9. Pic by Shailendra Kharel