Around the Capital on Day V

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.

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24 thoughts on “Around the Capital on Day V

  1. Kamal Thapa’s inspiration is Hitler :

    “An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.”
    — Adolf Hitler, proposing the creation of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany

  2. Thank u bloggers for giving live up-to-second report.I am eagerly waiting for some news like King Committs Suicide or People took control of Singh Darbar, Royal Palace and Jangi Adda or Something like Police and Army on the streets support people’s movement and they agreed to topple autocratic monarchy………Mr. adhikari and Acharyas and wagle, I wish this blog will be the first to get such report and I hope if u people keep on working like this, we , who are bit far from country will get such information in Time.Now, Nepali people are frustrated with autocratic regime and they are on the Strrets, Now Republic Nepal Should be Our Dream……….

  3. Ujjwolji and Dineshji,
    This is really fast posting.

    You are definitely playing a huge role by making people inside and outside Nepal aware by bringing upto date information.

  4. AUTOCRATS CAN START COUNTING THEIR DAYS (OR RATHER HOURS) NOW.
    SECURITY FORCES SEEM PRETTY NERVOUS OF THE SITUATION.
    EVEN CURFEW AND BULLETS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SUPPRESS ANYBODY, INSTEAD THE SITUATION HAS BACKFIRED.
    After all when people rise, even bullets dont stop them, that is what 2046 Jana Andolan showed and that is what’s happening now.
    I HOPE OUR POLITICAL PARTIES WONT REPEAT THE MISTAKE THAT THEY MADE IN 2046 THIS TIME.

  5. A LINE FROM PINK FLOYD’S SONG “WISH YOU WERE HERE”:
    WOULD YOU EXCHANGE A WALK (ON DOWN) IN A WAR FOR A LEAD ROLE IN A CAGE?

    KAMAL THAPA IS PLAYING HIS LEAD ROLE IN A CAGE, SO ARE ALL THE MINISTERS, AND OF COURSE OUR CORRUPT BEAUROCRATS AND SECURITY FORCES.

    LETS NOT WORRY ABOUT KAMAL THAPA. HE IS JUST A PAWN INSIDE THE CAGE HIMSELF.

    LEADING HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVISTS SUCH AS DAMAN DHUNGANA AND PROF. KAPIL SHRESTHA SHOULD AND ALL THE JOURNALISTS SHOULD BE THANKED FOR INITIATING DEFIANCE AGAINST CURFEW.

  6. News of Nepal through lens and pens of international media:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4894474.stm

    Dont forget to post your comment in BBC’s “Have your say” about Nepal under the heading “Can Nepal gain Political Stability?” in the following link:

    http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=1511&&edition=1&ttl=20060410140231

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/04/10/nepal.protests.reut/index.html

    WORLD LEADING AGENCY REUTERS REPORTS:
    “I think the king should back out,” said Hirakaji Maharjan, 50. “The question is whether he does it on his own or is forced.”
    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-04-10T111857Z_01_SP289868_RTRUKOC_0_US-NEPAL.xml&archived=False

  7. What word from the fcuked up King? C’mon Chairman of the Council of Ministers..you who took over the reigns of power on Feb 1, 2005 promising your utmost to solve our country’s problems. You who dimissed Deuba for being incompetent! What say you when your country burns and your countrymen bleed! What say you?!

  8. Kirat:
    If only he cared. But from the way things are going I don’t think this King will give in because he is too arrogant. And he knows that if he gives in and a parliment is left to decied what to do with him he will be humiliated.
    Don’t forget that he also used to critisize the Late King Birendra for giving in after the 1990 andolan. I forsee a longer fight.

  9. I am afraid this idiot will drag this country through hell. What arrogance! They say that ‘stupidity’ and ‘arrogance’ are the worst traits that a person can have. How unfortunate for us Nepali people that the King’s most marked characteristics are ‘arrogance’ and ‘stupidity’.

    That Kamal Thapa is going to burn in hell! He’s intelligent enough but lusts so much after power that he is so willing to serve the devil. No scruples at all, just straight faced lies after lies! If he really cares for the general people he should have the courage to tell his master what is right and wrong. If he had not called the curfew the protesters would not have turned violent.

  10. Let’s hope people will keep pushing until a decisive move … the worst thing that could possibly happen is to lose the momentum that has been built up over the last few days.

    Nepali expats should organise to take over and occupy ‘royal’ Nepali embassies in countries all over the world, to show the world the king’s government no longer represents Nepal.

    In a few days when the police and army start to see they are not going to win there will start to be defections from their side … then the tide will have definitely turned against the king.

    It has taken a very long time but finally the voice of the Nepali people will be heard.

  11. Punditji,
    The mistakes of getting intoxicated with power and turning into an autocrat themselves.

    Do I need to mention these to a wise man like yourself?

  12. really country is burning like hell. KG’s terror has already claimed few fatalities. millions of people suffering under government shutdown–in the word of a poster. why this collective punishment and for what, just for arrogance of one KG. i have not heard of any pathetic shah king like this one before–though shah dynasty has produce quite a few. this man is ready to drag all of us through hell–yet another poster’s word, but does not seem to yield any day soon.

    i sense that common people getting increasingly restless as cops getting wild and ruthless by day. here is one example that i have seen at the New Road. at Bhogal Park, near Peanut Shopping center. in the evening, young people usually gather there to have tea and chat among themselves. but this evening around 7:30 PM a group of cops came there, use some nasty words and ordered to disperse from there. well i am unware of any government notice regarding that. anyway young guys despersed without any objection. but the head of cops was not done yet. he call them back and arrested three of them for nothing and taken away to JanaSewa police station at the Bishal Bazaar supermarket. i was there all the time and i dont have a clue whats going on ther. what is wrong with these cops. then i realize i am living in a lawless country of KG. to hell with KG

  13. Me and some of my friends are wearing black wrist bands to support the ongoing defiance shown by the people of Nepal towards the autocratic king. You can join our small effort to support ‘the people and our desire to gain back our sovereignty from the feudal tyrant’
    After many years, people have decided to step out of their apathetic cocoons and fight for themselves. I think we should play our part in this fight.This time its not about Congress, nor about Maoist or one particular party. Its about us, you and me. Its about a Nepali.

    If you are with us, wear a black wrist band from tomorrow until peace prevails and paste this message on the walls of other Nepalis. Jay Desh, Jay Nepal

  14. really country is burning like hell. KG’s state terror has already claimed few fatalities. i feel that common people getting increasingly restless as security forces getting more ruthless and wild. here is one example that happened at New Road today. At Bhogal Park, Peanut Shopping center where young people usually gather there to have tea and chat among themselves every eveninig. today at around 7:30 PM a group of cops came there and spat some nasty words and ordered to disperse from there. well i am unware of any such notice from governmnent. anyway young guys dispersed without any argument. but the head of cops was not done yet. he call them back and arrested three of them for nothing. they were taken to jansewa police station at Bishal Bazaar Supermarket. i was there and dont have any clue whats going on there. then i realized that i am living in a law-less country of KG. to hell with KG.

  15. The U.S has delivered the most forceful critcism of Gyanendra of any foreign power yet.

    “The King has failed in every respect”, that’s what the U.S has said.

    Also, its called on for an ‘immediate’ restoration of democracy.

  16. Yea but privately the US is supporting the King. The US does not want to see the Maoists aligned with the political parties joining mainstream politics.
    I personally think India has the same view and that’s why Gyanendra is being so stubborn.

  17. Mr. Pundit is probably correct. The sad fact even with all the internal struggle and effort, is when India says jump we will still have to jump. The King is being stubborn because of the U.S./Indian support, same case is applicable for anyone in rule, and even the Maoists. No matter how much we fight, we will always end up with a Democracy Limited. Limited by the whims and fancies of our powerful neighbour. All this effort and still the King does not budge, but if India shuts the border once, the King will be out in no time.

  18. hey people,i was also at kirtipur. i went there from balkhu. it was asesome. the poems,the songs, mass,everything. but 1 thing has still struck me. why on earth did the leaders compromised with securitymen and leave towards bhatkaepati? above all, it was declared a no army zone. we were dissatisfied and stayed there but the arymen outnumbered us.so i need a reply from those.are they afraid of life? if yes, why they call a revolution for republic and on and on?

  19. Look, the U.S doesn’t give a hoot about Nepal. It cares about Iraq right now, and Iran. The only reason its saying such things is that it doesn’t want to appear anti-democratic.

    Frankly, whether the Maoists come to power in Nepal or not the U.S can’t be burdened with. Its got too many problems of its own to deal with.

    You think it cares about Maoists or the ongoing fiasco in Iraq?

  20. Gyanendra is not being stubborn because he has international backing. Gyanendra is being stubborn because he thinks he still has a divine right to rule.

    He’s no less deluded than those Al-Qaeda zealots who think they can crush America.

  21. I seriously doubt if KG is heading to what India or US has to say, when the frontline is ANGRY Nepali people, he might as well be looking to bury his stash in a safe heaven and find a easy way out. If this kind of shooting orders go on, we will have to start looking either for his body in a bunker like that of Hitler or inside a rathole like that of Saddam.
    They would have cared if Nepal had oil, but I know they are leaving it up to humanitarian Organizatons for whatever aftermath we may have to suffer.

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