General Strike Day III Updates

A demonstrator was shot dead in Pokhara while people in Kathmandu defied the curfew orders. The nation witnessed the biggest protest so far

Since the curfew is on around, I am, as many others, passing time by watching television. Television news has become the source of information on what’s happening in the city (other than watching around my house from the roof).

Bhimsen Dahal, 32, has been shot dead in Pokhara. Dahal was killed after armyman at sentry-post of Nepal Telecom office fired at the rally. Two others, Gangadhar Baral and Roshan Gurung, were injured in the firing.

After the killing, Pokhara witnessed the biggest rally after the people protested the killing. 18 were injured in the scuffle during the rally.

Similarly Chitwan has been declared democratic zone after the people forced police to flee the scene and took control over the governmental offices.


The professionals defy the curfew.

In Kathmandu, curfew was defied at a few places. Doctors, human right activists and journalists defied the curfew at Teaching Hospital from where various personalities including Kanak Mani Dixit, Dr. Madhu Ghimire and Padam Ratna Tuladhar were arrested.


Arrested!

Demonstrators took out rallies at Samakhushi, Baneshwor, Chabahil and Maitidevi defying the curfew while people clashed with police at Patan Durbar Square. Nepal Congress and Nepal Congress (Democratic) issued appeals condemning the curfew orders and requesting people to defy the orders.

Photos by Bikash Karki

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50 thoughts on “General Strike Day III Updates

  1. A Tale of Two Nations

    Former Prime Minister: Thailand: Thaksin
    Nepal: Koirala/Deuba collective

    Financial Undoing: Thaksin: Shin-Corp.
    Koirala/Deuba: Lauda Air and others

    Elections: Thaksin: Held Snap elections in an effort to hold on to power. Koirala/Deuba: Attempt to cling to power by refusing to hold elections.

    Will of the People: Made Thaksin step down as elections became a referendum on his corrupt administration. Koirala/Deuba realize that Nepalis won’t act against corruption; they take this as a cue to falsely say they represent the people.

    Respect for the System: Thaksin stepped-down Under public pressure and elections, bowing to the democratic process. Koirala/Deuba refuse to admit error or defeat. Respect the electoral and court system only when it works in their favor.

    Public Demonstrations: Thailand: Used, in this context, as a tool to alert citizens to unconstitutional acts and corruption. Nepal: Used as a tool for advancing individual agendas with no regard for national unity.

    The King: Thailand: Revered and Respected. Has acted As an impartial arbiter and final word on corrupt government practices. Nepal: Held as a pariah by many Western talking heads for, essentially, doing the same thing as Thailand’s King.

    So now, on the eve of the big Maoist/Party protests, we try to find some meaning. The bottom line here–and why blogdai has supplied this little comparison–is: Do we believe in democracy? Are we committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes? Can we bear to have our personal agendas made subservient to the greater needs of all citizens? If we in Nepal were truly committed to democracy, then we would have found a democratic solution to our current problems. No lines of communication–Royal or Party–would have been severed. Talks are democratic, constant disruptive demonstrations are not.

    The trouble is, Nepalis really don’t believe in the democratic system. We demonstrate this every day. The big example is the 7-party/Maoist alliance with their unilateralism and tunnel vision, for sure; yet, the King is at fault as well, hiring a cabinet full of idiots who are no better than the fools they replaced. If we were to be honest with ourselves we would realize that, perhaps, the biggest blame lies with us: The Citizens of Nepal. Democracy means involvement and participation. We have not kept up our end of the bargain in that regard, so we really have no one to blame but ourselves. Apathy kills good ideas. Apathy is the great enabler of corruption.

    It is ultimately WE who have allowed the Maoists to flourish; WE who stood by and did nothing while the Koirala’s and the Deubas robbed us blind; and WE who try to escape into tribalism instead of speaking with a single, unified national voice.

  2. A Tale of Two Nations

    Former Prime Minister: Thailand: Thaksin
    Nepal: Koirala/Deuba collective

    Financial Undoing: Thaksin: Shin-Corp.
    Koirala/Deuba: Lauda Air and others

    Elections: Thaksin: Held Snap elections in an effort to hold on to power. Koirala/Deuba: Attempt to cling to power by refusing to hold elections.

    Will of the People: Made Thaksin step down as elections became a referendum on his corrupt administration. Koirala/Deuba realize that Nepalis won’t act against corruption; they take this as a cue to falsely say they represent the people.

    Respect for the System: Thaksin stepped-down Under public pressure and elections, bowing to the democratic process. Koirala/Deuba refuse to admit error or defeat. Respect the electoral and court system only when it works in their favor.

    Public Demonstrations: Thailand: Used, in this context, as a tool to alert citizens to unconstitutional acts and corruption. Nepal: Used as a tool for advancing individual agendas with no regard for national unity.

    The King: Thailand: Revered and Respected. Has acted As an impartial arbiter and final word on corrupt government practices. Nepal: Held as a pariah by many Western talking heads for, essentially, doing the same thing as Thailand’s King.

    So now, on the eve of the big Maoist/Party protests, we try to find some meaning. The bottom line here–and why blogdai has supplied this little comparison–is: Do we believe in democracy? Are we committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes? Can we bear to have our personal agendas made subservient to the greater needs of all citizens? If we in Nepal were truly committed to democracy, then we would have found a democratic solution to our current problems. No lines of communication–Royal or Party–would have been severed. Talks are democratic, constant disruptive demonstrations are not.

    The trouble is, Nepalis really don’t believe in the democratic system. We demonstrate this every day. The big example is the 7-party/Maoist alliance with their unilateralism and tunnel vision, for sure; yet, the King is at fault as well, hiring a cabinet full of idiots who are no better than the fools they replaced. If we were to be honest with ourselves we would realize that, perhaps, the biggest blame lies with us: The Citizens of Nepal. Democracy means involvement and participation. We have not kept up our end of the bargain in that regard, so we really have no one to blame but ourselves. Apathy kills good ideas. Apathy is the great enabler of corruption.

    It is ultimately WE who have allowed the Maoists to flourish; WE who stood by and did nothing while the Koirala’s and the Deubas robbed us blind; and WE who try to escape into tribalism instead of speaking with a single, unified national voice.

  3. i don’t think we have to make such fuss about one or two people getting killed in demonstrations! Remember, “bandaina desh dui char saput marera nagaye.”
    Besides, the army usually don’t open fire on protests withour any cause. I’ve read a news from a site that the demised along with few accomplices had hurled stones towards sentry so the latter was forced to take action. Anyone who would be in that army’s place would do the same. Don’t know if it’s true or not but it’s exactly what i read.

  4. Gr8 BHIMSEN u will alwwayz live in our hearts,, ur tribute to nation will strive towards freedom. U will alwayz be remembered. may ur soul rest in peace.. LONG LIVE OUR FREEDOM..DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IS THE NEED OF NATION…

  5. SALTUE THE ONES WHO GAVE THE LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FREEDOM. THEY DIED NOT FOR ANY LEADERS BUT FOR US THE PEOPLE AND IT IS OUR DUTY AT LEAST TO RESPECT THEM IF WE CAN’T FOLLOW THE PATH THEY SHOWED US. THEY DIDN’T WENT FOR ANY GAIN BUT SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF THE HAPPINESS OF OUR LIVES. NOW IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILTY TO MAKE THIS REVOLUTION A SUCCESS AND MORE NOT LET THE RULERS REPEATE THE OLD MISTKES. IT’S NOW THE TIME OF THE PEOPLE TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS. THIS IS THE DEFINING MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF NEPAL. THERE WILL BE MORE MATRYR BUT HEAR THIS FROM THE PEOPLE OF THIS BELOVED NATION..WE SHALL NOT GIVE UP TO YOUR BULLET..AND NONE OF YOU COMMITING THIS MUDEROUS ACT SHALL BE FORGIVEN THIS TIME..LAST TIME THOUSAND MISTAKES WERE COMMITTED AND WE SUFFERED ALOT..BUT THIS WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN…
    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that from their investigation there was no need to shoot. A Curfew is said to be imposed tommorow also. This shows who is afraid of whom. The people has clearly shown the signs..now it’s the turn of leaders to show that they are ready to face anything..then we will all see the history being made in Nepal in couple of day..Today that Oli guy from UML said that they postponed the program of today and I really was thinking first we should throw that guy to Bagmati and was truly shocked but now after hearing GP in BBC Nepali who was more angry then me with Oli made me convinced that old hated person has definitely accepted his mistakes…although there is still some scepticism but the favour must be given to him….so finally I would again like like salute the ones who are fighting for our rights and wish to salute the martyr BHIMSEN DAHAL….your dream shall come true…

  6. news also said this guy run a cyber cafe, could you please clarify if he is an innocent bystander or a protester. either way it is really sad story.

    well is it a sign that maoists has infiltrated security force ulike kamal’s claim.

  7. It’s indeed sad to hear a news of somebody killed that way, while staying abroad. m hurt by the news and the daily killings.

    It reminds me of 2046, while we were fighting for the democracy then. Things have not been changed since.

    Peoples have been changed, new generations came up, social environment and attitude have been changed tremendously but yet we were in 16 yrs ago.

    God help us!

  8. ray_of_hope
    yeh bandaina yo muluk dui chhar saput marera nagaye…ra yo muluk ma saput haru ko kaami chaina…tara tapai mahanubhav haru jasto kaput haru le garda yo rastra le aaja ragat ko holi dekhi raheko chha….kehi bolnu bhanda pahila jaile pani kura lai independent source haru le kasari hereko chha bhane ra bhujnuhos…tapaiko radio nepal, nepal televison ra gorkhpatra herne bani pareko chhha bhane mero bhanu kehi chaina….tara hami sabai le dekhi sakeu hamro so called defence ministry ko great information haru…..and tapaile bhanu bhayoo…the army never fires at someone until compeled to do so…we have seen it well…u don’t need to mention that here….have the police fired live ammunition till now…the army has the madness of being the king when they got the gun…..ra bhupi sherchan le bhane jasti yo halai halla ko muluk ma tapai pani halla ko pachhi khub hido hudo raichha….coz there are rumours that the army reportedly shot the protestor because they were protesting in the way the king was coming…….so u see there is not point in running after these useless hallas….the OHCHR is the most reliable installation in this nation….and please just do a little hard work from ure side by reading the statement from them …..

  9. It is sad that a person died the clash. It is always hard. But just because someone is dead he/she should not be taken as “Shaeed”.
    That persone might just be another man who is throwing stones to the security personnels just for fun.

    FOR A BETTER NEPAL LETS COME FOR A PEACE TALK.

    Maoists are also just taking advantage of current situation and attacking different places. They cannot be TRUSTED immediately.

  10. ray of hope,
    In a country where there is no respect for life, these incidents are bound to happen. The army is notorous for using excessive force through out Nepal during the current insurgency. Bhimsen Thapa is yet another casualty of an army men who has lost conscience. WE DONOT NEED VIOLENCE BE IT FOR ANY CAUSE…

  11. We all have our own perceptions, but somehow we are always influenced in one way orthe other. But, let’s be real, think clearly, who should we listen to?who should we believe? what do we see? what do we know?. We can’t know the truth so easily, let’s be carefull brothers and sisters.

  12. Long democratic republic of Nepal !!!!!!!!!!
    La mitra haru nepal bata gyanendra lai khednus, america ayo bhane hami khedchau !!!!

  13. does that mean maoists has infiltrated security force unlike kamal like to claim.

    c taking protest to pokhara yeilds meaningful result.

  14. All i know is Bhimsen Dahal(not thapa) was a hardworking man at his cyber at Hotel Ananda. He also helped me manage program a decade old Epabx system one day. Who ever fired the shots in Pokhara for what ever absurd reasons, the same person would have been chanting “anti autocracy” or “democratic” slogans had he not been Army ma Jagire.
    Bhupi Sherchan is right to say ” Nepali haru buddhu chan ta bahadur chan ani Bahadur chan ta buddhu chan… “

  15. Dear Dahal, you became great man in the history of Nepal. I salute you.

  16. comment on RAY_OF_HOPE comment:

    i feel in this comment, a cheap and light line (may be due to unawareness of the writer) is followed by a heavy and respected line. read as follows, u will feel the cheapness

    i don’t think we have to make such fuss about one or two people getting killed in demonstrations! Remember, “bandaina desh dui char saput marera nagaye.”

    whatever u write is read by hold world. so for the shake of Nepal’s pride do mind ur language.
    i live outside of nepal. due to the condition of nepal we are treated badly (as inferior) and this kind of comment further degrade name of our country and hurt people like us.

  17. The sacrifice will not be forgotten. The maniacs and Royal stooges like Kamal Thapa are the culprits. Let Raang De Basanti be a warning sign to these people.
    The state is trying to cover a mistake by committing another mistake.
    The most despicable act is shown by the dictator. He is expending peoples’ hard earned money roaming the country in heilchopter. And, despite the outrage and popular dissent he is taking it simple. I found it undigetable when he talked about peace in WHF conference. He is trying to use Hinduism to his advantage. The entire Royal family needs to be expelled from Nepal. There should be no place in Nepal for them because now they do not represent a symbol of unity and they only use state’s resources to their advantage. We do not want them to be a burden to our resources.
    FIGHT AGAINST AUTOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP…SUPPORT DEMOCRACY!!!

  18. Fidel,
    i do not want to hear your royal lies any more
    had you known him, you would have mentioned in the first comment,
    it would not take 17 minutes (the time difference between your 1st and 2nd comment here) to recall a person who “taught” you and has been brutally killed by KG, the RNA
    as a counter to your lie, i could say you killed Bhimsen.
    fidel, stop making up stories and blame the Maoists for the KG’s wrongdoing–stop the tactic to save the demon’s image

  19. Being in a foreign land, I wish and wish sincerely that this movement is going to grow to the final movement when people will have their sovereignty. I am sick of the standstill between King, Parties and Maoists. Someone has to leave and that someone is King.

  20. hats off to bhimsen dahal, may his soul rest in peace.
    down with autocracy, long live democracy

  21. Bandhs-Why should I die for you?

    Then it came again. Deserted roads, burnt tires, and without work! Wow, what a day for the protest!

    Hundreds of people flocked in the streets while this man who used to live on his daily earnings is looking into the garbage cans trying in vain to find something to eat. The leaders have the pleasure of eating “basmati” rice when they get back home after the tiring protests in the streets but this guy who works as a conductor for a microbus is without food or even shelter when he gets back. And, he is deprived of work, thanks to the frequent “bandhs.”

    If you want to read more,go here:
    http://unitelibertarians.blogspot.com

  22. What a waste of life. This movement is not peoples movement, rather a political where people are fooled again by leaders who are behind the scene. We are animals not using common sense, rather just listening to bunch of guffs and bhasan of leaders. What a tragic. One life for nothing?

  23. We must further intensify our actions.
    It’s sorry to hear the incident of Late Bimshen Dahal – The undeclared martyr of 2006 peoples war.

    Mr. KG is still outside valley, all people in that region must start chasing mahila shau.
    Anti-monarchy slogans must be rhymed into his ears. We must make him run away from this country with our unity.

    Party leaders, I once again request, join people’s war (NOT THE MAOIST MORONS ppl war), gather much more people, dont let this agitaition calm down.

    We must defy this autocracy !!!
    JAI NEPAL !!

  24. Hats of for Bhimsen Dahal.

    Let us fight with unity against this regicide gaynendra and shah dynasty.

  25. I am sadden by the killing in Pokhara.
    The Security Forces, Drunken Police & RNA have shown they do not respect the Democratic aspirations of the people.

    When the RNA no longer serve the Palace/Mafia and join with their Brothers and Sisters in building the NEW DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF NEPAL, the killings will stop.

    KG and the other Criminals who have engaged in CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY will have to leave Nepal forever or face the people.

  26. This is a very sad story but unfortunately, it is inevitable as the country moves along with the fight for democracy.my prayers to bhimsen Dahal & his family.

    I believe it takes some balls to shout slogans against KG and stand against the police force. How many of us here are really involved in this ‘movement’?

    Is there anyone else (except the blogger himself) who can share his/her personal experience of the scene? Or are we(me,too:-() all just rocking in the chair commenting on all the attempts for a revolution?

    How is the participation like from women(don’t see much in the pictures)? I’m not trying to force them to participate but i was just curious, if anybody knows. Also, i noticed little kids were running around with stones with elder individuals. I thought that was insane.

    Any stories of ppl. triggered by these articles to go out in the road? or participate otherwise?

    Isn’t this sad that while we (ppl. abroad) may go home when our mother has some serious problems, we don’t really seem to care if our motherland needs some help. Unfortunately, that includes me, this does not feel right.

    for all those fighting..
    my prayers for peace!
    jai nepal!

  27. “this guy who works as a conductor for a microbus is without food or even shelter when he gets back. And, he is deprived of work, thanks to the frequent “bandhs.”
    -Oh dear! Stupidity of some Nepalese realy knows no bounds!!! Nepalese are deprived of work due to king’s, royal family’s and military’s excesses. He is deprived of his work due to useless and frequent curfews. He dies because corrupt monarchy doesn’t want to give up power. Wake up, wake up, before the monarchy and its private army devour you too.

  28. Wow,
    Freedom, thanks for calling me stupid. And I am more than ready to face your army should there be a compromise with my freedom-whether it be for work or for speech.Like everyone else, that guy has the right to work.I don’t care who blocks him from work but it should stop.

    hari sharma
    http://unitelibertarians.blogspot.com

  29. Bhimsen Dhahal….may your soul rest in peace..

    its sad to see people die for stupidity and beleiving wwhat the fruad politicians say.

  30. the only way to pay tribute to Bhim Dahal in Pokhara, Tulsi Kshetri in Chitwan, and Kuni Das in Janakpur is by hanging the culprit

  31. Thailand $ Nepal said,
    Public Demonstrations: Thailand: Used, in this context, as a tool to alert citizens to unconstitutional acts and corruption. Nepal: Used as a tool for advancing individual agendas with no regard for national unity.

    If we were to be honest with ourselves we would realize that, perhaps, the biggest blame lies with us: The Citizens of Nepal. Democracy means involvement and participation. We have not kept up our end of the bargain in that regard, so we really have no one to blame but ourselves. Apathy kills good ideas. Apathy is the great enabler of corruption.

    It is ultimately WE who have allowed the Maoists to flourish; WE who stood by and did nothing while the Koirala’s and the Deubas robbed us blind; and WE who try to escape into tribalism instead of speaking with a single, unified national voice.

  32. Hari Sharma-you are an idiot. You think we Nepalis have any freedom of speech,expression-right to education or work or economic progress with the autocratic royal despot on one side and the murdering Maoists on the other?

    You think these two extremists want peace, prosperity and freedom for the Nepali people?

    You’re not a libertarian-your’re an idiot and should change your blog sites name accordingly!

  33. Unfortunate event, the shooting of Dahal. If not Dahal himself, someone else must have instigated the securityman. Unfortunately, as is the case with this whole affair and the insurgency, it is not the people who should be shot who get shot but the innocents.
    AT the same time, I wonder how many hand to mouth daily wagfe earners are going hungry without food because of the strike and curfew thereof. I wonder if these chaps have children who are starving or even dying because of lack of food because their parents cannot earn to feed them. I wonder how many sick have not been able to get medical attention and are worse off or dead due to the last four days. These are as much the casualties of the sad state of affairs of these past few days. Atleast, Dahal new the risks and had a choice. But these other silent majority who want to just feed themselves or go to the hospital for treatment are innocent victims and have not chosen to take that risk, yet they are at risk imposed by others.

  34. err..gp maybe not for the SPA and it’s leaders but for us the fight is for a better tomorrow for the masses of Nepal-who are the poor- Nepal being one of the poorest countries in the world.

    You think Nepal will be peaceful and prosperous under the present royal regime? They want the Maoist problem to go on forever so that they can cling on to power as long as possible.

    The UN has offered to mediate, the Scandinavians have offered to mediate-so many offers of support to end the Maoist problem have been made and this royalist government has rejected them all. It doesn’t want peace and prosperity for the Nepali people-that much is pretty clear to all intelligent Nepalis. For the Nepali people they are willing to sacrifice nothing!

  35. Kirat,
    I agree with you, but the fight is being carried out under the SPA banner and not under the general public banner. This is not whole hearted movement by the general populi but an organised one by the SPA and the Maoists.
    Definitely, the King will have to hand back power for a better future, but do you really want these SPA people under the old leadership running the country again? If the answer is yes then I do not know what peace and prosperity you are talking about?
    All most of us want here I assume is the old farts to step down today and hand over the reigns to new leadership so that we all can really feel a change.

  36. Dear Dahal, our condolence goes to u to be well and Bhimsen Pahalwan God will take u a better place

  37. gp:
    as much as I hate girija et al. I would still want them to run the country. because irrepective of everything even girija et. al were a democrtic government – and sooner or later there was a possibility of change.
    the ONLY way out of this crisis is though girija et. al. I hate their guts but there is no other alternative right now – they are the only democrtic outlet.
    what else do you propose let the royal government continue????

  38. G-hangman,

    You got me wrong man. the only thing I donot want to see in these protests is that VIOLENCE should not be assumed to be the way it will gather momentum. If all people like you and me give all our tan man dhan to this uprising who on earth do you think can stop us. Kamal thapa will send us to jail More people will rise. More will go to jail until it will be full. King and his royal chamchas will come down on their knees and will be “sent to your Gallows” . As far as Bhimsen Dahal is concerned, kantipur has mentioned him as a pro democracy activist. On that fateful day he had gone to NTC to get recharge card for his cyber. My software analyist is staying at hotel Ananda where Bhimsen had a cyber cafe. And you guys are saying he is a Martyr… Any ways he or any one donot deserve to die or sustain firearms injuries even though protesters might have resorted to violence

  39. Really, I do believe the “king’s” days are over. It happened much faster than I thought, but what the hell, the faster the better.

  40. Fidel,
    i apologize for my unduly rude remarks,
    in the political currency, whoever is killed by a tyrant’s men in a people’s movement deserves to be truly respected as a martyr–this is the only way to pay our homage to the disinterested soul.
    precisely because he was not a leader, he did not have personal motives or self-interest, his soul deserves to be called a martyr

    we need a strong inner drive to accelerate the movement and take it to the end–departed from us due to the autocrat’s ruthless bullets, Bhim, Tulsi, Shiva’s souls trigger in us a stronger drive and give us an ability to sustain that drive in our effort to end the autocracy.
    so they are my martyrs

  41. आमा म मरे भन्दै उ सहिद भएर बाच्यो
    गोपाल प्रसाद रिमाल

  42. ” If we were to be honest with ourselves we would realize that, perhaps, the biggest blame lies with us: The Citizens of Nepal. Democracy means involvement and participation. We have not kept up our end of the bargain in that regard, so we really have no one to blame but ourselves. Apathy kills good ideas. Apathy is the great enabler of corruption.

    It is ultimately WE who have allowed the Maoists to flourish; WE who stood by and did nothing while the Koirala’s and the Deubas robbed us blind; and WE who try to escape into tribalism instead of speaking with a single, unified national voice. ”

    But I think this is the most significant thing to have changed. The loktantra to have arrived is ours, because we stood up for it, more than for the prajantantra that was “given”. And I think, because of the costs of the protests, we the Nepali people will now be more willing to own, participate, and act in our democracy. Sure, we have a lot to do. But look at the crowds that were outside Singha Durbar yesterday. This is the good that has come out of 4 years of undemocratic rule, and years that perhaps many people weren’t satisfied with: we have learnt the significance – the value – of democracy, and many better understand its meaning; we are now ( or rather, I think we will now be more) willing to speak out against the misdeeds of our representatives – politicians and ministers/whoever – because we better understand the political system and our rights and role.

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