Loktantra Day: Recalling major incidents of 2006 people’s movement

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Today is the Loktantra Day (Democracy Day) successful Nepal. Then King Gyanendra, connected this day, successful 2006, had reinstated the dissolved House of Representatives arsenic a effect of a 19-day-long people’s gyration popularly known arsenic People Movement/Janaandolan II.

This was a question against the royal coup staged by King Gyanendra successful February 2005 that yet resulted successful the abolition of the 240-year-long monarchy successful the country.

Here, let’s people the solemnisation of this historical time that paved the mode for a national antiauthoritarian republic, by getting to cognize the timeline of the events that happened successful those 19 days of revolution.

Background

February 1, 2005: King Gyanendra dismissed the furniture led by Sher Bahadur Deuba and took each enforcement powers into his hand.

November 22, 2005: The signing of a twelve-point statement betwixt the Seven Parties’ Alliance (SPA) and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal ( Maoist) successful New Delhi to wage a unified wide question against the monarchy built the instauration for the Janaandolan II.

February 8, 2006: The SPA boycotted municipal elections.

The movement 

April 6, 2006: Beginning of the wide protestation

The SPA announced a nationwide peaceful pro-democracy people’s movement. Initially, it was a nationwide wide four-day strike, but it lasted for 19 days. On the archetypal time of the movement, much than 450 protestors were arrested and galore governmental activists were kept nether location arrest. 

Also, the Maoists attacked Malangwa, Sarlahi successful cardinal Terai arsenic King Gyanendra had gone to Birgunj, Parsa, for inaugurating the World Hindu Convention contempt respective warnings from governmental parties.

April 7, 2006: Rippling effects

Demonstrations crossed Nepal rippled; buildings were vandalised; tyres were burnt; roads were blocked.

April 8, 2006: Curfew successful Kathmandu

King Gyanendra retaliated against the demonstrations by imposing a curfew successful Kathmandu with a prohibition connected wide meetings, assemblies, rallies, and sit-in programmes wrong Kathmandu’s Ring Road. Telephone and mobile telephone connections were suspended.

Also, astir 25 radical died successful a clash betwixt information forces and the Maoists successful occidental Nepal, chiefly successful Kapilvastu and Rupandehi. Likewise, a demonstrator successful Chitwan was changeable dead.

April 9, 2006: Maoist enactment and taxation boycott

The Maoists had blocked each the large highways and 12-hour curfews had go a schedule. The SPA called for a taxation boycott and declared to proceed the question indefinitely.

April 10, 2006: Civil society’s solidarity

Many civilian servants and professionals comprising lawyers, teachers, engineers, professors, doctors and journalists and galore others joined the movement.

April 11, 2006: Curfew continues

Curfew hours were reduced. 

April 12, 2006: Arrests escalate protests

The question intensified successful the pursuing days, with crowds expanding to sizes estimated astatine 100,000 to 200,000 successful Kathmandu.

Curfews for the daytime were lifted. However, much than 500 professionals including journalists, lawyers, quality rights activists, and galore different agitators were arrested by the information forces. 

April 14, 2006: New year, aged story

It was New Year’s Day. On this occasion, addressing the nation, the king called the governmental parties for the talks. However, the parties rejected the telephone continued the protest. Likewise, the authorities besides intensified its brutality against the demonstrators.

April 18, 2006: The king is getting weaker

Owing to planetary pressures and protests, King Gyanendra met governmental leaders. After this meeting, galore leaders including CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and Nepali Congress General Secretary Ram Chandra Poudel were released. 

April 20, 2006: King’s connection rejected

The king imposed a 25-hour curfew successful Kathmandu. Likewise, 3 protestors were killed successful Kalanki of the metropolis portion defying the curfew orders. Also, constabulary stations distributing curfew passes to the media and the UN staffers were closed down and the passes were denied.       

On the precise day, the king enactment distant an connection to nominate Nepali Congress leader, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, arsenic the caller premier minister. However, helium refused.      

 April 21, 2006: Protests instrumentality their peak

Protests reached their highest with implicit 500,000 agitators connected the street. Several individuals were killed and hundreds were injured with constabulary firing bullets and teardrop state shells, and charging batons.

In the aforesaid evening, connected a tv statement, the king announced a caller connection stating helium would instrumentality each the enforcement powers to the radical and requested the SPA to urge the sanction of the premier curate who would tally the government. But, this was besides refused.

April 22, 2006: Announcement of cardinal demands

Thousands of radical filled Kathmandu’s 27-km Ring Road surrounding the city. The leaders presented their 3 halfway demands that included the reinstatement of the dissolved parliament, enactment of an all-party government, and elections to a constituent assembly (that would draught a caller constitution). Also, the protesters successful a immense fig marched towards the palace defying the curfew orders.

April 23, 2006: Shoot-at-sight order

There was an 11-hour curfew and ‘shoot-at-sight’ bid successful Kathmandu. Despite specified a situation, the SPA leaders announced a “mammoth Ring Road rally” for April 25.

Schools, shops, businesses and authorities offices were closed for 19 days.

April 24, 2006: Victory astatine past

Finally, aft 19 days of the protests, the question came to its climax with King Gyanendra reinstating the aged House of Representatives, which was dissolved successful February 2005. The king called upon the SPA to unify the nation. And, the SPA accepted it.

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