Several human rights groups confirmed that three protesters were killed in Kalanki when police opened fire at a demonstration. Their bodies were taken to Model Hospital. About 150 anti-king protestors were injured in Kalanki and over 260 were injured all over the capital due to firing and brutal baton charges of the armed police at demonstrations in Kalanki, Gwarko, Maitidebi, Chahabil, Chapagaun, Satdobato, Gongabu, and Khumaltar.
"There's a huge clash going on here in Kalanki, with the police beating up anyone on their way," says human rights activist Sukaram Maharjan from Himrights. Over 50,000 demonstrators marched to Kalanki all the way from Thankot, Kirtipur, Dhading and Naikap defying the curfew orders and shouting anti-king slogans.
"I see so many people bleeding and lying on the ground," explains a volunteer from Nepal Red Cross who reached the spot with an ambulance. Loud noise of anti-king slogans could be heard while he was talking to us on his cell phone. "The police are threatening us to leave or get shot," explains Insec's Yubaraj Bhurtel, who was among the only five activists to reach this tense area. He explained that the police were busy firing tear gas.
In a bid to avoid giving curfew passes to anyone, including the UN, the government announced the curfew orders for 19 hours only after the police stations distributing passes closed. "The authorities have informed our office that they will not allow our human rights monitoring teams to be deployed in Kathmandu Valley during the curfew,' said Kieran Dwyer, spokesperson for OHCHR, which has been very critical of the government's repressive attitude and heavy-handedness against the peaceful democracy demonstrators. Criticising the government's prevention of human rights observation, the UN said that this obstruction is clear violation of its agreement with the government.
Meanwhile, people have also come out with their demonstrations in Anamnagar, central Kathmandu. "The army and police have not yet done anything but looks like they are making preparations to prevent the demonstration," said a local demonstrator during a phone conversation.
Speaking to the CNN an hour ago, the government spokesman Shrish Rana said that his royal government will do anything to thwart off the protestors. "This is not pro-democracy movement but has a different connotation," he said and added that the security force had refrained from use of excessive violence. The facts prove him otherwise: 10 killed, 2,500 arrested and over 1,000 severely injured.
- Naresh Newar
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Kalanki (PIC: NARESH NEWAR)
A protester at Kalanki is seriously wounded during the baton charge on Thursday afternoon. (PIC: COLLECTIVE CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE)
A policeman threatens demonstrators with a gun as he chases them across the ring road from Kalanki where they had gathered defying the curfew on Thursday. (PIC: COLLECTIVE CAMPAIGN FOR PEACE)
Narayan Gopal Chowk. (PIC: JOHANNIS R JAPPEN)
Chahabil. (PIC: JOHANNIS R JAPPEN)
Satdobato (PIC: BIPUL MAN SINGH)
Police taking away the bodies of three protestors, killed at Kalanki on Thursday, from Kathmandu Model Hospital in the evening. (PIC: JOHANNIS R JAPPEN)