Ruling Party activists stage anti-govt demonstration

PTI | ByShirish B Pradhan (Press Trust of India), Kathmandu
May 09, 2004 08:14 PM IST

As the five-party anti-monarchy agitation enters the 29th day, another 2,500 activists of Nepal's ruling party staged another anti-Govt. demonstration.

About 2,500 activists of Nepal's ruling party, including former premier Lokendra Bahadur Chand, today staged an anti-government demonstration here demanding dismissal of the present administration, even as the five-party anti-monarchy agitation entered into 29th day with police detaining some 800 protestors.

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The activist of ruling Rashtriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) took to streets in Kathmandu's Babarmahal and Nayabaneswor with slogans like 'Restore Human Rights', 'Form an all-party government' and 'End confrontation and restore peace."

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Chand, RPP president Pashupati Shumsher Rana and Central Committee member of the party Jogmeher Shrestha led the demonstrators.

The demonstration later converged into a public meeting at Nayabaneswor where the speakers demanded dismissal of the present government and formation of an all party government to resolve the present political stalemate.

Meanwhile, police detained some 800 agitators from Ratnapark, Birhospital and New Road as the five agitating parties staged demonstrations on the 29th day of their non-stop agitation.

Those who were rounded up include Nepali Congress general secretary Shushil Koirala and Nepal Communist Party UML standing committee member Bharatmohan Adhikari.

Some 10 agitators were injured when they clashed with the riot police near Birhospital, as they defied the government's ban on demonstrations reciting anti-King slogans. Police used tear-gas shells and baton-charge to disperse the agitators. (More) PTI CORR


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Nepali Congress (Democratic) also took out separate demonstration, demanding reinstatement of Sher Bahadur Deuba's government.

Some 200 journalists also took out a separate rally at New Road demanding press freedom and end to the alleged suppression of the press.

The journalists expressed solidarity to the pro-democracy agitations being launched by the five parties and also opposed the government's alleged manhandling of media persons while they were covering agitations.

The entire private press of Nepal has continuously boycotted all the programmes attended by Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa and the other ministers for the past 12 days, demanding public apology from the premier and dismissal of Information and Communication Minister Kamal Thapa.

From today, both print and electronic media launched their third phase of agitation against the government's alleged policy to supress media.

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