Photo blog by Dinesh Wagle
First of Two Parts. Here is the second part.
Who cares about those boring speeches in this heat: Instead take a nap or pick your ear!
It was an impressive show but the number of participants in today’s Maoist Mass Meeting wasn’t as much as it was publicized to be. No way that there were five hundred thousands people in the mass meeting but it was probably the biggest mass meeting Khula Manch has ever seen. One can easily sense that many of the participants in the mass meeting were there under pressure from the Maoist party. Many people whom I talked to said that they received special invitation (that is to say order to be present in the mass meeting.) Who specifically mentioned about such pressure didn’t want to be photographed or quoted but some said on record that they were not Maoist supporters and were in Kathmandu to see the Mass Meeting. Some of them were quick enough to distance themselves form the Maoist party as if being identified as Maoist was a kind of sin! Here is a photo blog.
A injured boy shallows medicine provided by the medical team of the Maoist part in Open Air Theater, Kathmandu. The mobile medical team from the Party’s third division was active in Khula Manch. A medical camp was set up at the erstwhile dais where at least 80 people came within the 5 hours from 10 AM. Binod Acharya, who was in charge of the camp said that there were around 100 medical volunteers patrolling the area wearing white jacket.
A Maoist cadre requests people at the top of the dais at Open Air Theater to come down. Many people reported injuries to the Medical Team after being fallen from top spots like this one. Some also fell from trees and broke their hands, a medical supervisor said.
Taking photo for the family album. A boy uses his digital camera to capture a moment in the meeting. He wasn’t from the press.
Of course, the revolutionary lectures by the top brass comrades couldn’t satisfy the hunger of this young chap.
Literatures of all kinds were on sale in Tundikhel today. From the booklets of the Nepali Maoist Party (Prachanda on the cover of course!) to Lolita to, yes, I saw a copy of Geeta, the Hindu holy book.
The Mass. Maoists claimed to bring 5 hundred thousand people in Tundikhel today. But many independent estimates put the number at around 2 hundred thousands.
Yes, she was looking at my lens but look at the other Guerilla volunteer. She was apparently pretty much impressed by what the boy in front of her (not me though) was talking about. He was able to create laughter and humor among the girls. I mean they were having real good time, I could feel, even at a time when their leaders were speaking on, well let me use the term, boring topics.
I wondered what the joke the boy cracked. I didn’t dare to ask.
All for the revolutionary music: An old woman takes rest as she was given the task of taking care of the traditional musical instruments that were used in the rally.
Ready to rock? A man who came from West Nepal along with many other friends puts shoes after taking rest on the ground.
Backpackers! Women from West Nepal with their bags and belongings in Tundikhel today.
Friday’s Fish Fry: Comrades and others who were present in the mass meeting consumed many food items like fired fish that were on sale in Tundikhel. By the way, Rs. 10 for a fried fish if you were curious to know the price like the man on left leaning toward the stove.
Revolutionary Recording? A man wanted to record the speeches delivered in the Mass Meeting. He said that since he wasn’t a journalist he wasn’t allowed to be near the dais.
Just to get a clear view: People climbed trees near Ratna Park to see the mass.
Cowboy Comrade: The interesting thing is that he was quick enough to put the flag on the back of a boy carrying the Madal, the musical instrument, when I was trying to take a picture.