World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Revolution!! A Personal Account Of Events In Nepal

….another email post card from a Kiwi in Nepal…

The last two days have been some of the most amazing in my life.The news you are getting in NZ is probably CNN bullshit.

The late King and family in Nepal have been a symbol for the people of being independent from imperialist rule for a start, so that is partly why the grief is so immense.

The King’s brother has just now been crowned king and the people are uprising.

The kings brother is much hated by Nepalese people and activists alike. He was cast out from Nepal for corruption and went to live in India. The campaign against corruption is huge and the Prime Minister is also a target.

So when the whole family (actually 13 people) were massacred the Government blamed the crown prince saying he shot everyone and then himself.

Noone believed this. Now the Government says it was an accident.

Sorry if this is crazy but I am typing hard out we are under threat from the army who are everywhere.

So essentially the kings brother arranged for his son to kill everyone, so he could be king.

The people are not accepting him and there are riots everywhere. Martial law has been imposed and the conference I am here fore is cancelled pretty much.

A few of us are staying though and networking and supporting. The radical organisations that organised it have been outlawed under martial law and they fear arrest.

A few of us have been caught up in demos on the street, and I think I have some good photos of the cops beating people with sticks but I was running as fast as I could at the time.



10 people have also been shot dead by the army.

Ths is very important to get out as they are refusing to let people report it. Also the only witness alive to the massacre has just been poisoned by the Government so there is no witness apart from the new King’s son, who people believe did it.

The investigation committee comprises of the ruling party only and is a farce. People are amazing here they have nothing but their bare hands and they are standing up to guns with sticks and knives. I hope my photos are good.

About 10 of us are keen to support the Nepalese people and try and get the word back to our countries.

We trekked into the peasant comminutes yesterday to share resources and food and they welcomed us like heroes it was incredible.

But then we got trapped because the army said they would shoot us if we came back to our base. Crazy.

We are reasonably safe because we are foreigners and we feel strongly about being part of making history. The Nepal army now faces civil war, and the end of monarchy at this rate, and it is a privilege beyond belief to be here.

We are a tight knit group and hope to make some difference. I have to run again, they are imposing curfew in half an hour and if you are outside you get shot.

I will try and email soon.

love AR

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Anti-Corbyn Split In British Labour

The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Support The US-Led Coup In Venezuela

There’s a decidedly retro feel to the US-engineered coup now unfolding in Venezuela, which looks like a throwback to the 1950s, back when the US could overthrow any country (Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954) that posed a problem (or presented an opportunity) for US corporate interests. More>>

ALSO:

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ongoing Carnage In Gaza

The past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations. The under-reporting on the ongoing carnage in Gaza has been a case in point. More>>

ALSO:

New Report: Refugees In PNG Being Pushed To The Brink

Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International paint a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population hit hard by Australia's recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety. More>>

ALSO: