September 1st – finding a way to de-escalate communal violence in Nepal

Today’s quick summary?

None  of this is getting reported in the Western media right now.

Click here for a pop tune that promotes Peace. It’s the genre most often heard on radio when you are on a tempo, bus or microbus. Music is used in this way in Nepal.

Here is an interesting blog that gives context to the same events I am reporting.

From the Nepali Times:

Sept 1st areas in pink have experienced protests and demonstrations. http://www.nepalitimes.com/blogs/thebrief/2015/08/31/strikes-hit-life-hard/

Sept 1st areas in pink have experienced protests and demonstrations. http://www.nepalitimes.com/blogs/thebrief/2015/08/31/strikes-hit-life-hard/

There are more reports of Army using live ammunition on demonstrators in various places in Terai.

The leaders of the Madhes Andolan are supposedly in Kathmandu to un-officially talk with the Big Parties about ways to move forward.

In Birgunj, the statue of GP Koirala has been pulled down. At a hospital where victims were being treated, the police used rubber bullets to disperse a mob on the hospital grounds that was trying to get in.

In Tikapur, scene where seven police were murdered Aug 24th, the police have arrested eight more suspects.

In Kathmandu, the police used tear gas and a water cannon in New Baneshwor to disperse the RPP – the Hindu fundamentalists.

Police and RPP. This took place in New Baneshwor along the main road that connects Thamel and the airport. photo by Rumdaleerai. more about this at http://setopati.net/politics/8959/Police,-supporters-of-Hindu-state-clash-in-New-Baneshwor/

Police and RPP. This took place in New Baneshwor along the main road that connects Thamel and the airport. photo by Rumdaleerai.
more about this at http://setopati.net/politics/8959/Police,-supporters-of-Hindu-state-clash-in-New-Baneshwor/

The Nepal Federation of Journalists reports that their journalists and reporters are being targeted.

None of this is good.

De-Escalation

De-Escalation is needed.  How to step back from the abyss……..

found this on subreddit

An editorial in The Katmandu Post calling for talks

Sep 1, 2015- The killing of eight policemen including a high-ranking official in Kailali cannot be pardoned under any pretext. The Kailali carnage was not a political issue and therefore, the perpetrators should  not go unpunished arguing that it  was an expression of anger of the Tharu population. At the same time, as the Tharu movement in Kailali and other parts of the country is a political one, the four parties—Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L)—should find a political solution to address their grievances.
The parties, however, only have a limited period of time to address the demands of the Madhesis, Tharus, Dalits and Janajatis. With the endorsement of the modified draft of the constitution on Sunday, the Constituent Assembly (CA) members only have seven days to register their complaints on the constitution bill. In case the parties fail to reach a consensus within the time-frame, there will no longer be any room for further amendment. Even so, if the four parties and agitating parties/groups are serious about resolving the current crisis, one week is more than enough. Reaching an agreement with the Madhes-based parties and Tharu community is crucial as it will ensure greater ownership of the new constitution which is a precondition for the long-term stability of the country.
If the parties reach an agreement, the CA members, on the behalf of all the parties, can register an amendment proposal and it will become part of the constitution. The CA could also consider an additional window period if the dialogue between the four parties and the protestors takes a positive turn.        from http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-01/one-more-chance.html

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