Protest, curfew disrupts life in Nepal
Kathmandu, Apr 11 (UNI) With the imposition of Curfew on the fourth day today life has become difficult all over Nepal.
The night time curfew is in place since the latest round of movement to end autocratic rule of King Gyanendra began last Thursday.
Thousands of people come to the streets everyday chanting slogans against monarchy and demanding the establishment of ''Loktantra,'' complete democracy clashing with security forces, who are patrolling the streets with armoured vehicles in a desperate attempt to control the agitating people.
The price of daily necessities have sky-rocketed and many people have not even been able to do their their daily work and come out of their houses.
''How can we coutinously stay inside our houses without supply of essential goods,'' said Mrs Nita Karki.
There are clashes between the demonstrators and security forces, who forcibly enter the houses, beat innocent people, violating human rights.
The atrocities of the security personnel are being condemned by all the political parties, human rights groups, journalists and international communities.
There is no initiative on the part of government to initiate dialogue with the political parties and end the demonstrations.
Educational institutions have been closed, markets are deserted, industries have been shut down and no vehicles are seen running on the street.
The government is isolated from all sides including major political parties, independent media and international communities.
Thousands of people are carrying out demonstrations, shouting slogans against King Gyanendra and demanding republic system, which was once the slogans of Maoists.
The political parties, journalists, government employees, doctors, lawyers, human rights activists have taken to the streets defying the curfew.
Meanwhile, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called upon the Nepalese Government to stop targeting journalists and respect the media's right to cover the news, free from intimidation and violence, following the arrests of 100 journalists and the brutal attack of 24 mediaperson across Nepal during the past five days.
''The IFJ is seriously concerned about the significant escalation of violent attacks on journalists in Nepal over the past few days,'' said IFJ president Christopher Warren in a statement issued today.
''The blatant disregard that the Nepalese authorities are showing towards the media is abhorrent,'' said Mr Warren.
UNi XC SI KP1538