[Hpn] Police Arrest Activists~Off Topic

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 28 Jul 2005 09:13:03 -0400


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                  Thousands Join Protest in Kathmandu=20
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                  Demanding the restoration of human rights, civil =
liberties and the rule of law for the first time following King =
Gyanendra's assumption of power Feb. 1 , civil society took to the =
streets Monday, with thousands of intellectuals, professionals and =
rights activists rallying in Kathmandu.

                  Protesters were met by police, who arrested over two =
dozen protesters, including former minister Devendra Raj Pandey, Dr. =
Aruna Upreti, journalists Kanak Mani Dixit and Shyam Shrestha and human =
rights activists Krishna Pahadi, Padma Ratna Tuladhar and Malla K. =
Sundar.

                  Called to decry the king's seizure of political power, =
the rally was the first time a large swathe of civil society has thrown =
its weight behind the pro-democracy movement.=20

                  The demonstrators held playing cards that called for =
an immediate end to rule by royal decree and the reestablishment of =
representative government and civil rights, which were suspended Feb. 1.

                  ''Political parties are on the right track as they are =
resenting the deteriorating scenario in the country. We will see it =
continue,'' said Pandey, who was leading the demonstration organized by =
the Citizens' Movement for Democracy and Peace.

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                  Hundreds of riot police were stationed at major =
thoroughfares of the city hours before the rally's scheduled time. =
Police had cut off access to the intersection at Ratna Park, where the =
protesters were headed, and made the arrests outside the park, which was =
off limits to demonstrations.

                  According to CMDP leader Pandey, Nepal's =
constitutional monarchy has been converted into an autocracy, with =
citizens' right to assemble having been hijacked and free press =
strangled in the days after Feb. 1. All this has further entrenched =
ongoing conflicts in Nepal, he said.

                  King Gyanendra has called his dissolution of =
multiparty democracy in the country necessary to quell the deadly Maoist =
insurgency, which has claimed approximately 12,000 lives since it began =
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royal decree=20
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                  continue,'' said Pandey, who was leading the =
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city hours=20
                  before the rally's scheduled time. Police had cut off =
access=20
                  to the intersection at Ratna Park, where the =
protesters were=20
                  headed, and made the arrests outside the park, which =
was off=20
                  limits to demonstrations.<BR><BR>According to CMDP =
leader=20
                  Pandey, Nepal's constitutional monarchy has been =
converted=20
                  into an autocracy, with citizens' right to assemble =
having=20
                  been hijacked and free press strangled in the days =
after Feb.=20
                  1. All this has further entrenched ongoing conflicts =
in Nepal,=20
                  he said.<BR><BR>King Gyanendra has called his =
dissolution of=20
                  multiparty democracy in the country necessary to quell =
the=20
                  deadly Maoist insurgency, which has claimed =
approximately=20
                  12,000 lives since it began in 1996.=20
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