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Rally bans imposed on Nepal capital

Posted by Mike E on May 26, 2008

From Nepal News — as people plan to rally (on the call of the Maoists) the existing government ordered a “security plan” for the capital.

The government has announced prohibitory order, to be effective from Monday, in some sensitive areas of the capital city, as part of its security plan for the landmark first sitting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) on Wednesday.

Areas where the prohibitory order has been imposed include the vicinities of Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC) in Naya Baneshwor, Singha Durbar, Narayanhiti royal palace and the road section stretching from TU Teaching Hospital to Narayangopal Chowk.

Rallies, public assembly and protest programmes will be banned in and around these places once the prohibitory order comes into effect. Roadside open-air stalls and shops on carts will also not be allowed, state-owned Radio Nepal said.

The government said the prohibitory order has been imposed in order to maintain security during the CA meeting.

Some political parties including CPN (Maoist) and CPN (UML) and civil society organisations have said they will organise huge rallies to celebrate the declaration of republic on Wednesday (May 28).

The CA members will be sworn in amid a ceremony at the BICC on Tuesday. mk May 25 08

One Response to “Rally bans imposed on Nepal capital”

  1. hegemonik said

    Word from Reuters is that a Hindutva organization, Ranabir Sena, has taken responsibility. No arrests yet.

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