Civil society members stage protest

Kathmandu, March 20:

The Civil Society for Peace and Democracy held peaceful protest as part of the civilian movement for peace and democracy at Bhotahiti today.

Human rights activists and civil society representatives and individuals demanded restoration of democracy and peace.

Prof Krishna Khanal, representative of the civil society said they would fight for the release of detained human rights activists including Krishna Pahadi, Devendra Raj Pandey, Dr Mathura Shrestha and Shyam Shrestha. “We will fight for their release along with democracy movement. We won’t beg the government to release them,” said Khanal. The demonstration began at 4 pm and concluded at 6 pm at the unrestricted area of Bhotahiti. Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the road of Bhotahiti during their protests. Human rights activist Daman Nath Dhungana also took part in the protest.

Charan Prasai, chairman of the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal, said they were not allowed to proceed towards the restricted area of Ratna Park.

However, he said they hoped to draw civilians to the democracy movement through such demonstrations. “Our objective is to create awareness on the ongoing situation among the civilians and encourage their participation in demonstrations to create a momentum,” he said.