Text by Deepak Adhikari/Photos by Shruti Shrestha
The ancient city of Patan, especially the Krishnamandir area saw an unprecedented mass meet today. The month of April, according to the pamphlet distributed there, is marked by martyrdom and sacrifice for the country.
Mass at Mandir: People gathered at the Patan Durbar Square.
Hundreds of people participated in the rally organized by Joint People’s Movement Committee, Lalitpur. The mass meet precedes the much awaited seven party protest of April first week.
Happy Faces of the Leaders.
One and half decade ago, on this very day, the then Panchayati government had opened an indiscriminate fire on the residents of Lalitpur that killed few young men. The movement reached a momentum and the Patan city was declared a free territory from the suppressive regime. Late Sagar Singh, Gyan Bahadur Shahi and Kanchha Lama are revered as martyrs of 1990’s People’s Movement.
On the occasion, the procession started from Sundhara, Patan, made round of the city. Pro-democratic slogans were chanted on the rally. Leaders such as KP Oli, CP Mainali and Lila Mani Pokharel reiterated the need to restore democracy and hand over the rule to the parties. They asked people of Patan to show their revolutionary spirit as they did in 1990 and tolerate the hardships of state’s crackdown and repression in the eve of April Uprising.
Participation of two generations.