Saturday, April 15, 2006
Crappy King Cracks Down On Nepali People
Charming Gyanendra was long known as the "Black Prince." Once a timely royal massacre eliminated all the relatives standing between him and the throne of Nepal, the world's only Hindu kingdom, Gyanendra turned Nepal's democratic constitutional monarchy into a backward autocracy, starring himself as autocrat-in-chief.
He tossed out democratically-elected Prime Ministers as if they were rubbish, and seized total power. He still has it. So far.
But the people of Nepal are fighting back. Lawyers have protested for the restoration of democracy, and have been beaten and jailed for their trouble.
Journalists have protested, and have been beaten and jailed for their trouble.
Full story here, via CBS, with troubling video footage available on the right side of the screen (a commercial precedes it). Worth a look.
Via United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal, more on arrests and beatings of professionals and demonstrators, as well as deportation of sympathetic foreigners like Dr. Brian Cobb, who treated wounded demonstrators and Nepali police alike.