What UWB! blogger saw in his field visit to the riot torn places on Day V of General Strike
By Saroj Raj Adhikari
KIRTIPUR, 1 PM
More protesters gathered today than yesterday. Protesters blocked the entrance to the city that prevented them from entering Nayabazar. A command of Armed Police Force requested the demonstrators to backtrack to which they didn’t agree. Both parties didn’t move from their stance. One of the protesters, Prof. Krishna Khanal remarked that people’s participation in agitation would weaken the royal regime. Mani Kafle, a pro-democracy poet was reciting the verses. The mass looked enthusiatic.
KALANKI, 1:30 PM
Tires were burning, protesters were shouting slogans. There were many obstacles in between the road from Kalanki to Gongabu. Security men were clearing the Ring Road.
GONGABU, 2 PM
Protesters were stationed in both areas: curfew affected (inside Ring Road) and not affected (outside Ring Road). Around five thousand protesters rallied. Security forces and protesters were clashing. The milieu was tense; tear gas shells were fired.
CHABAHIL, 2:15 PM
Clashes were taking place in front of Gopikrishna Hall. There were around a thousand demonstrators. The situation at Boudha was also the same.
BHAKTAPUR, 3 PM
From Koteshor to Thimi, security personnel were clearing the road. though, curfew has not been imposed in that area, no demos were visible.