Nepal’s ‘Orange Revolution’ Has Rain Break

By D. Michael Van De Veer

Overnight the sky above Kathmandu and much of the Kingdom was filled with beautiful displays of lighting and earth shaking thunder. The cold winds falling from the Himalayas clashed with the warm steamy air rushing up from the Indian sub-continent and bathed the country for 15 hours in cool rain.

The rain greeted the sunrise and despite being the 13th day of the bandha (strike) called by the 7-Party Alliance (SPA) and supported by the Maoist insurgents CPN (M), and civil-society from; journalists and medical professionals to government workers, bank employees, hotel and restaurant employees, students and their professors, human rights activists, party supporters, disabled and elderly associations, and even families of Security Force officials who have carried out attacks on the general population, there was finally some traffic as people rushed to buy what they could before shops and vegetable stalls ran completely out of stock.

Salt, medicine, every vegetable, kerosene, LP-gas, petrol and almost every item necessary for daily life is in short supply. What is available has, in some cases, more that trebled in price, leaving thousands to move nearer to starvation.

In desperation the Royal government has offered $48 for drivers and $21 to their assistants to join RNA (Royal Nepal Army) convoys and break the SPA strike and the Maoist blockade of the city to deliver desperately needed supplies. No goods have been reported delivered.

Most of the streets and endless alleyways of the ancient Silk-Road Capital have, for 12 days, been filled with the sounds of Nepal’s “Orange Revolution”.

Like Ukraine’s Orange Revolution of 2004 the Pro-Democracy demonstrations, estimated to be 1-million or more strong, have not responded to the brutal killings, disappearances, tear-gassing, baton beatings, firing of water cannon and rubber and live bullets with like violence. Young demonstrators have burned tires and hurled rocks but there have been no retaliatory shootings, knife attacks, or reported grave injury to any Security Forces.

The international community including India, UK and the US who armed and trained the Nepalese Security Forces have condemned the brutal and inhuman attacks on unarmed civilians participating in peaceful demonstrations.

Major news agencies report three Human Rights organizations; Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists have called for “targeted sanctions” against those responsible for human rights violations today in Geneva, Switzerland at an international meeting called by the Swiss government to investigate the human rights conditions in Nepal and singled out those Nepalese Officials responsible for gross-human rights violations.

Those named in the call to be refused entry into any other country and have their personal assets outside Nepal seized, included:

The Chairman
Vice Chair of the Council of Ministers, Tulsi Giri
Justice Minister, Niranjan Tapha
Home Minister, Kamal Thapa
Information Minister, Shrish Shamsher Rana
Army Chief, General Pyar Jung Thapa
Inspector General of Police, Shayam Bhakta Tapa, and
Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Shahbir Thapa

Rumors, ahead of the mass rally called by the SPA for Thursday, have the King naming a former PM to head a “fantasy government” as put by a food employee.

“The next PM will not be named by a failed King, but by the people.”

Nepal’s Orange Revolution, if successful, will possibly be the largest non-violent democratic revolution in recorded history. The whole world watches as the rain stops and Kathmandu braces for another day.

>> Contact Michael:
P.O.Box 21218
Thamel, Kathmandu,
Tel: 4700632

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108 thoughts on “Nepal’s ‘Orange Revolution’ Has Rain Break

  1. Kirat and Vand,
    Didn’t people entrust you two with the same assignment in the same team?
    Both of you are good kids, so stop fighting with each other, and fight against the people’s sole enemy, Gyane.

  2. Aloha.

    Micheal van Dee Veer passed away today, 12/19/06.

    He was a big old guy from Alabama that really believed in people power. I have a radio show on in Hawaii. I trained him up as a co host and then he moved on to do his own show.

    He was kind of a radical, almost a “wobbly’. But he was not CIA, not a covert op from any other country…he raised money for the blind, helped jailed prisoner families, rabble roused about corrupt elections here. he had an open mike style call in show…he had a good heart. he could be arrogant and stubborn. He was not a liar.

    I actually fought with him often, but enjoyed his passion for trying to do what’s right. He will now find whatever is behind the vail. I wish him blessings, forgive him for those times he unintentionally crossed the line, say a fond aloha. Though he was not Hawaiian, he was in spirit. I read this whole blog thread today…lot’s of anger, lot’s of passion….

    May the divine bless you all. I have not enough info to even have a point of view on this conflict…it is hidden from us in the USA. While the government has it’s bad side like ANY government, the people here still want what is right.
    I hope you all can bless micheal and let him go in peace.

    I know no Nepalise… but in Indonesia they say… “Selamat jalan” may your leaving bring you closer to God. Feel free to email me and I will be happy to correspond.

    K. deTreax
    Kauai Hawaii.

  3. It is pointless to muse on the machinations of the U.S. and other counties. All rational nations do what is in their best self interest. Nepal should do the same. Instead we are trying to self-destruct. Stop crying “America!”, “India!” and see the Maoists that are the real threat to our nation and society.

  4. email if you have a comment about Micheal Van Dee Veer
    at this point, if it is something positive you would like read on the air, I would be happy to. if it is a negative conversation ( and I have no problem with counterpoints) then I will honestly say it is probably not appropriate at this time to discuss on the air (radio).
    Mike was a mystery in many ways. his life in Nepal was very seperate from his life here. I know he loved the place and loved the people.
    I just stumbledonto this blog while looking up poigniant posts about his life.

  5. I am shocked to hear this sad news. May his soul rest in peace. He wanted to see a republic Nepal and was angry with the American policy in Nepal. Yes, many of his views were kind of out of track but my impression was that he was genuinely interested in Nepal.

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