Sunday, April 23, 2006

Huge protest in Tuesday -SPA

SPA announce fresh protest plan on Tuesday with its high level leaders in RingRoad area reports said.

Meanwhile Neither a curfew and tear gas nor King Gyanendra's offer to give up control of the state stemmed the fury of his subjects on Sunday, as protesters, for the first time in 18 days of demonstrations, broke through police lines to pierce the ancient heart of the city, reaching within a few blocks of Narayanhiti Palace.

Protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepalese capital Sunday, clashing with security forces who fought back with tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

The protesters assembled Sunday on Katmandu were met by massed army troops who used barbed wire to cordon off some inner alleys.The police have opened indiscriminate fire at a huge mass of demonstrators at Koteswore in Kathmandu, on Sunday afternoon.

At least twenty persons were hit with rubber bullets. Tika Prasad Dhakal, a resident of Kavre, was taken to the B & B hospital by a UN vehicle. The police opened fire without warning at the demonstrators, a huge mass of around 30000 were protesting against the Fridays Royal proclamation in a peaceful manner. Around 200 protesters injured in scuffle after the police firing.

Thousands of demonstrators clashed with security personnel at Kalanki of Ring Road and other parts of the city as anti-king demonstrations continued in the Nepali capital on Sunday by defying the curfew orders.

According to reports, demonstrators including those who have arrived from Kirtipur clashed with police as the latter tried to stop them from moving towards Soaltee Mode in the inner parts of the city.

Three tiers of security have been set up to stop the demonstrators. On the front are civilian police followed by the personnel of Armed Police Force who are backed up the Royal Nepalese Army personnel. The number of soldiers patrolling the street is considerably higher today.Unlike Saturday when hundreds of thousands of people had marched towards the city center, security personnel are trying hard to stop masses from moving towards inner parts of the capital.

Huge masses carrying party flags are marching along the Ring Road. They have put up barriers at several points of the Ring Road to stop security vehicles from plying.

The city center was guarded by soldiers patrolling in armored personnel carriers, who seemed to be concentrating on areas where crowds had defied a curfew the previous day.

The king addressed neither of the coalitions' two principal demands: the restoration of the elected Parliament, suspended nearly four years ago, and a referendum to rewrite the Constitution and allow Nepalese citizens to decide on the future of the monarchy once and for all. Nor did the king say a word about the protesters still in detention, including doctors, lawyers and writers, nor the stream of laws that his royal government has imposed since his takeover 14 months ago.

Indeed, the protests that have ground life in the capital to a halt, strewing streets with bricks, broken bottles and burned tires, seemed increasingly to be more a referendum on the reign of King Gyanendra than a cry for democratic reforms.

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