Sunday, April 09, 2006

Crisis in Nepal

Protesters have violated curfews in Nepal resulting in hundreds of more arrests and at least one death.

The agitation is aimed at the country's king Gyanendra who sacked the democratic government headed by Sher Bahadur Deuba. In recent elections a new parliament was elected but many view it as a puppet regime with the king as head autocrat.

Ever since the tragic death of the former king, the country has been on shaky ground. Many believe that King Gyanendra's son Paras was actually the culprit behind that massacre rather than Crown Prince Dipendra. Prince Paras has long been disliked by the Nepalese public. His disfavor increased when he killed a popular Nepalese pop star in a car accident.

Now his father Gyanendra is matching his son's unpopularity.

With a seething Maoist insurgency spreading throughout the country, Gyanendra must respond to the people's cries for true democracy.

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