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Friday, November 11, 2016

Looking back in photographs: How citizens protested, in streets and through art against the bad governance and parallel state in Nepal

I address the '10,00 March' rally in Baneshwar Chowk, Kathmandu on July 23, 2016
The '10,000 March'
More glimpses of the '10,000 March' 
Dozens of MPs interact with Dr KC (speaking, second from right) in the second interaction of this type, on August 16, at Indreni, Baneshwar

Below, for the first time in Nepal, dozens of MPs and top leaders interact in a citizen-organized event aimed at holding a chief of constitutional body accountable for his deeds, same venue. 

The placard speaks for itself

A town hall meeting in Chitwan, first in a series outside Kathmandu on August 15.

Protesters carry the symbolic dead body of a poor patient who died in the remote place of Nepal due to lack of health care
Many faces in the protest: teachers, entrepreneurs, journalists, human rights activists, students, doctors and so on 
In streets: Writer Khagendra Sangroula, Sociologist and eminent writer Chaitanya Mishra, legendary lawyer Om Aryal, actor Bhola Raj Sapkota, Dr. Govinda KC, Professor Kapil Shrestha, artists performing in the streets, among others.
Surendra Chaudhary, Nepal's sitting MP, addresses the protestors
Dr. KC Marches with the protesters in Baneswar

Street performance depicting the brutal rule by 'Parallel state' in Nepal
Medical students protest silently against the assault in Medical education and health sector by the politicians and CIAA chief and demanding the fulfillment of Dr. KC's demands
Dr. KC in the press meet to announce his hunger strike
Dr. KC addresses media-person in a street protest at Baluwatar

Nepal's former Prime Minister KP Oli listens intently as a protester reads him a letter from 'Solidarity for Dr KC Alliance' exhorting him to act against Lokman Singh Karki
Students and civilians protest silently in the rain in Baneswar.

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