Friday, April 21, 2006

Nepal: Last Stand of a Monarchy

Here is an update on the pro-democracy protests in Nepal from Countercurrents:

They came in their tens of thousands, ordinary Nepalis who defied a curfew and shoot-to-kill warnings, and marched through their capital to demand the King give up his power and restore democracy. And he greeted them with bullets.

Soldiers and police opened fire on the protesters, shooting them down in the streets.

At least three were killed, and more than 40 were in critical condition last night. A young man, one of the subjects who King Gyanendra claims to rule over, lay dead on the street yesterday, his head in a pool of his own blood.

And still the protesters came, refusing to be cowed. "These are not protests any more. This is a revolution," said Harish Dhal, a demonstrator. "We don't want a monarchy. We want real democracy."


Read the whole story here.









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4 Comments:

At 2:51 AM, Blogger jabbarnepal said...

I really wonder at the nepali people..... have their feeelings and sentiments changed so drastically and so soon.

i remember watching on TV the funerals of the late king Birendra and his family, the public seemed inconsolable, they loved their king and the monarchy.....

today when i saw the news i was shocked it seems thhey hate King Gyanendra...... are these the same people?? just what happened?

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Paramendra Bhagat said...

King Of India
King's Address: Old Wine, Old Bottle
Could Girija Be President?

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger jabbarnepal said...

Shun the maoists, people of Nepal!
Dear people of Nepal,

I write this to you from the bottom of my heart; do you honestly believe that maoists will bring in peace and economic prosperity and growth? do not believe this , do not live in a dream. Please wake up read the history of other nations who have done in the past what you are doing now...... and see for yourself what happiness, what peace and prosperity has it brought them?

Look at your neighbour India, 60 years ago the indians overthrew the yoke of the British empire, indian freedom fighters gave their blood, young lives were bartered for precious freedom and self rule......... Alas, did the politicians who came in after this martyrdom care anything for the sacrifice of those heroes. They were only interested in their own preoperity.

Capitalism is the only way, let the economy be free. Communist, socialist policies will worsen the situation in Nepal. In India, Jawaharlal Nehru with his precious socialist policies succeeded in only making india poorer. what did he achieve ' the honest rich became poor, the poor became poorer, and the dishonest rich parked their money illegally abroad' what did the fool succeed in doing except transfer indias money to swiss banks?

When did India begin to rise? only after the 1990's ! only aftre it changed Nehrus useless socialist idealogies. when india started opening up, started following liberal economic policies, the rise began.

What socialist regime has ever succeded? it is only hogwash fed to the poor masses , giving them hope......... alas the poor seem to buy it hook line and sinker!

from me, a lover of Nepal, its people , its monarchy, its culture, its beautiful himalayan land... oh just about everything........ ay mero nepal!

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger vencer said...

Thank you for dropping by jabbernepal and Paramendra Bhagat.

Do you know of blogs who are in Nepal which can give us regular updates on the events there? Do the Maoists have an updated blog/website?

 

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