Nepal Braces for More Protests

The Nepalese government has extended its curfew and shoot-on-sight orders in Kathmandu as opposition activists planned further anti-monarchy protests on the 16th day of a general strike.

Nepal Braces for More Protests

The extended Friday curfew, from 9am until 8pm, applies to the capital and the surrounding areas and is a response to protests called by an alliance of opposition parties.

A 25-hour curfew was imposed in Kathmandu on Thursday, which lasted until 3am on Friday.With the protests and curfews crippling normal life in much of the capital, residents of Kathmandu rushed to the markets at dawn to get food and supplies before the curfew resumed on Friday.

State-run Radio Nepal said the curfew would also cover the suburbs of Lilitpur and Bhaktapur.

Another notice said a day curfew would also be imposed in Pokhara, a resort town 200km west of Kathmandu.

The notices warned people to stay indoors during the curfew hours and said those who violated the curfew order would be shot.

They said the curfews were imposed "to protect the people, property and peace."

Defiance

But on Friday people had already begun to defy the 9am curfew.

In the western district of Kalanki, youths shouted "Down with the King" at security forces.

AFP reporters said burning tyres blocked roads on some city streets as well as on the outskirts beyond the curfew one.

Clashes between security forces and protesters continued on Friday

The alliance's "mass movement co-ordinating committee" pledged to step up the strike to force King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy in the Himalayan nation.

A statement said: "We appeal to all people to participate in the massive demonstration on Ring Road on Friday at 12 noon."

The strike "will continue with more intensity in the capital and across the country until further notice," the parties said.

Since clashes between security forces and tens of thousands of protesters began on April 6, 12 people have been killed.

The latest death was of a woman wounded during a protest in a district town on Wednesday, who later died in hospital.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
YORUM EKLE