Pic by Bikas Karki
Today’s half a million mass, chanting anti-monarchy slogans, was clearly headed towards palace. But, the state again used its weapons of brutality. Today, the state was more ruthless. Yesterday’s patience and restraints were vanished. Yesterday’s movement was a threat, but state has intensified the supression today.
United We Stand: SPA leaders after the meeting
Pic by Prakash Mathema via Kantipur
However, there is silvering lining in the dark cloud. As SPA leaders decided to stick to people power, they truly deserve accolades. This shows that politics-hardened leaders have grown mature, they have learnt from their earlier mistakes. They are also abiding to public pressure. They have shown unity by not accepting king’s offer and being monolithic.
Mobile and Movement
The mobile has been targeted by royal regime every now and then. Coincidently, a plethora of SMSes were circulated yeasterday after the royal address. Moreover, mobile is a handy means to spread infos about the movement. Yesterday, I saw many protesters informing their friends/relatives via mobile.
The peaceful protests on the one hand, have been hailed internationally as a hallmark of people’s power while king is being isolated, his myth shattered and subject to scrutiny and critique on the other. Foreign media who basked on the only Hindu king on earth, are now waking up to the reality and are highlighting king’s unpopularity. The movement would probably stop only after its goal ie formation of all party interim government that will be responsible to hold election of Constituent Assembly.