Incident Reports

NSU defies govt orders, protests at Maitighar


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu

The heat is on the government over its clampdown on protest rallies at the Maitighar Mandala. Defying the government decision, the Nepal Students Union (NSU), the student wing of Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday staged a protest at the same place. The NSU students demanded the immediate withdrawal of the decision to declare the area as no-protest zone. NC Central Committee Member Pradip Poudel, who led the student protest at Mandala, accused the government of double standards and misusing their power to oppress citizens like earlier rulers. It had used the same public space to fight against tyranny in the country, Poudel said. “Current Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli as well as Pushpa Kamal Dahal had used same place to stage peaceful protests during their political struggles. Now, they are using their authority to suppress the voice of people against their behind-the-door activities,” said Poudel. Citizens protested at the Mandala believing that those in power in the nearby Singha Durbar would listen to their voice clearly. The NSU protesters highlighted the clampdown by the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Baskota on a programme broadcast by the state-run Nepal Television over questions regarding his property details. “Such decisions show the government’s clampdown on the freedom of media,” said Poudel. The protesters criticised the government for showing no concern to Ganga Maya Adhikari and Dr Govinda KC, both on indefinite hunger strike. (PR) नेपाल विद्यार्थी संघले काठमाडौंको माइतीघरमा प्रदर्शन गरेको छ । सरकारले प्रदर्शन गर्न निषेध गरे पनि नेविसंघले प्रदर्शन गरेको हो । उनीहरुले सरकार विरुद्ध नाराबाजी गर्दै माइतीघर मण्डला परिक्रमा गरेका छन् । प्रदर्शनलाई लक्षित गरी ठूलो संख्यामा प्रहरी परिचालन गरेको छ । नेविसंघ कार्यकर्ताले छोराको हत्यामा संलग्नको कारबाहीको माग राख्दै आमरण अनशनमा बसेकी गंगामाया अधिकारीको माग पूरा गर्न माग गरेका छन् । माइतीघरको प्रदर्शनमा नेविसंघका पूर्वसभापति तथा कांग्रेस केन्द्रीय सदस्य प्रदीप पौडेल पनि सहभागी छन् । प्रदर्शनकारीले ‘निषेधित क्षेत्र खारेज गर’, ‘गोविन्द केसी र गंगामाया अधिकारी’को माग पूरा गर लगायतको नारा लगाएका छन् । सरकारले काठमाडौंको माइतीघरलगायत सार्वजनिक स्थलमा सभा र प्रदर्शन गर्न निषेध गर्दै त्यसका लागि निश्चित ७ ठाउँ ताेकेको छ ।
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Other governance issues
Actor 1 - Number of people 50
Actor 1 - Affiliations Nepali Congress and affiliated org
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people NA
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media , Local Newspaper - Chitwan