Incident Reports

Kathmandu intelligentsia in human chain to protest blockade


Bagmati, Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Ward 1

People from various walks of life formed a human chain along the road from Singh Durbar to UN Park in Pulchowk on Monday to protest the blockade imposed by India since over two months. The organizers claimed that over 12,000 people participated in the demonstration, which was organized to pressure the government and the agitating Madhesi parties to settle the problems without any delay. Human rights activist Subodh Pyakurel said, "We urged the parties concerned to seek solution in a democratic way from parliament and not through trade embargo and highway obstructions." It was a symbolic protest organized to draw the attention of the international agencies based in Nepal toward the hardships faced by the people, he added. People had lined up on both sides of the road holding placards and national flags. The participants included noted members of intelligentsia, human rights activists, writers, artistes and students among others. They carried placards that read: 'Let's protest against economic embargo, violence and impunity.' Former Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal and former minister Lalbabu Pandit were among the participants who joined hands for the cause. "Dialogue and peaceful protest are the only legitimate means for finding solution. So there should be no delay in holding talks for resolving the problems," Khanal said while participating in the demonstration. The participants argued that the border blockade was inhumane act and against the international norms and values. Activist Pyakurel informed that they will soon submit a memorandum to the UN General-Secretary through the UN Office in Nepal detailing the problems faced by Nepalis due to the Indian blockade.
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Other governance issues
Actor 1 - Number of people 12000
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level Madhes-based Parties
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media