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NEWS: Protests Against Nepal King Collapse After Communications Blackout, 57 Arrested

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:18 PM
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King Gyanendra of Nepal cut phone service around the tiny of Nepal in order to hamper organization efforts of his opponents who were organizing nationwide rallies to protest the King's recent power moves. Not only was phone service cut off for at least 10 hours, opposition leaders were detained and protesters were arrested. The King has promised the international community that he will restore democracy within 100 days and defends himself by stating his actions were necessary to protect democracy.
 



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On Friday, at least 36 people were arrested in Janakpur town and 13 in the Himalayan resort town of Pokhara, police said.

In the capital, activists from the opposition Nepali Congress guided journalists to protest sites. Eight activists eventually emerged from a narrow lane and started shouting slogans against the king in a busy Katmandu market.

"Death to autocracy! Down with the autocratic king!" they yelled.

But they fled within minutes as a column of police in blue raced down the lane with truncheons and shields, followed by police cars blaring loud sirens. All the demonstrators were arrested.

Hours earlier, the 55-year-old king celebrated Democracy Day, marking the end of autocratic rule in Nepal in 1951, by attending a military parade. Many residents of the capital city also participated.

In a message to the nation, Gyanendra said he took control of the country only to save democracy from communist rebels and corrupt politicians.

The Royal Nepalese Army had tightened security Friday, fearing attacks by Maoist rebels, spokesman Brig. Gen. Dipak Gurung said. Since the king's takeover, the rebels have refrained from major assaults, except for an attack on a jail. More than 10,500 people have been killed in Nepal's insurgency since it started in 1996.

The crackdown on demonstrators came a day after a U.S. State Department official in Washington said the monarch assured the Bush administration he will begin restoring democracy within 100 days. The official said Washington would consider suspending its security aid for Nepal if the king failed to follow through on that pledge.

Britain was considering similar action, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Friday during a tour of India.




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Without working with his opposition, and addressing the issues his country faces, King Gyanendra has basically destroyed democracy in Nepal, yet he claims he did to protect democracy. Do you think the King is justified in his actions? Is is okay to sacrifice civil liberties for democracy? I fail to see how democracy is being protected when government and civil liberties and rights are currently abolished. There's a reason the King has opposition and not allowing his opposition a voice is simply a dictatorship. Close attention should be paid to the situation in Nepal over the next 100 days.

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:42 PM
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This seems to me to be more of a parinoia combined with power, in order to delay the need to restore democratic power



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 02:19 PM
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freenepal.blogspot.com...

Nepal Citizen's Blogger site.


And I quote from their site:
"Please help tell the world about what has happened in Nepal. Do not forget us. We want our democracy back! If you have questions or would like to help spread the word e-mail us. For media please send questions via e-mail and we will do our best to get good answers for you.
wewantdemocracy@gmail.com "

[edit on 18-2-2005 by The Division Bell]



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 02:22 PM
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Originally posted by worldwatcher

The King has promised the international community that he will restore democracy within 100 days and defends himself by stating his actions were necessary to protect democracy.




Kind of like the Patriot Act, huh?


BTW - good find on Nepal Citizen's Blogger's site db.

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 07:15 PM
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I was really hoping more people would pay attention to this.

[edit on 18-2-2005 by The Division Bell]



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 08:29 PM
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I predict this will be ignored just like the genocide in Rwanda.
The world will have to be shamed into helping them.



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 08:40 PM
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Read the article and the reasoning was typically cryptic......terrorists and "politics far removed from the common man." What a bunch of bull........this is an important story and helps reassert the potential for abuse of power......I thought we were told that a fully functioning democracy was a viable weapon against terrorists......did Nepal not recieve that memo?



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 09:03 PM
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Originally posted by The Division Bell
freenepal.blogspot.com...

Nepal Citizen's Blogger site.

[edit on 18-2-2005 by The Division Bell]


then again, read this article ?(as a counterpoint!)
www.globalresearch.ca...

titled: Washington's New World Order 'Democratization' template

the masses were mobilized on visceral, gut issues...and viola
we have Empire Democracies or Empire controlled States in confusion
in many places right now...afghan, iraq, ukraine, etc etc
read the article & learn about NED, NDI, IRI, FreedomHouse etc etc



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 09:11 PM
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Originally posted by St Udio


titled: Washington's New World Order 'Democratization' template

the masses were mobilized on visceral, gut issues...and viola
we have Empire Democracies or Empire controlled States in confusion
in many places right now...afghan, iraq, ukraine, etc etc
read the article & learn about NED, NDI, IRI, FreedomHouse etc etc


Good point..........
.........errrrgh.



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