Our friend Kanak Dixit, Editor of Himal Southasia, was arrested on
Saturday April 8 along his wife Shanta, a teacher, and an uncle, and
hundreds of other pro-democracy activists who came out on the streets
of Kathmandu to defy the curfew. Those arrested include other
journalists, doctors, teachers, lawyers, social workers and students
They were given the option to pay a fine and be released, but refused
and have been sentenced to a month in prison.
This is part of the ongoing agitation for democracy in Nepal. In the
recent demonstrations, about a hundred people were arrested in
Kathmandu and thousands around the country. Some have been in jail
I just spoke to Kunda Dixit, Kanak's brother and Editor of Nepali
Times in Kathmandu. He said they are in high spirits, have managed to
smuggle in a laptop (no internet access though), lots of space to walk
and hold meetings. They can receive email on a flash drive, Kunda
He pointed out that it's interesting that those who've been imprisoned
are "the ones who espouse non-violence, peace, democracy and conflict
Kanak emailed us some photographs of the demonstrations the day before
he was arrested. In response, our friend Afsan Chowdhury in Dhaka
"I managed to reach my inbox of the other address and opened the
pictures. Believe me, a thrill went through me and i could almost feel
the moment. It's fantastic and heroic. While i worry about you as much
as my brain can handle i think it's worth all of it. You are right
there producing history and that's incredible.
"Be careful and be where it matters. For a few moments, you are in
contradiction with the State in the form of monarchy. You are part of a
collective breath, a roar. You are becoming part of the people.
"When history beckons all chains fall away."
Kunda's office number is +977-1-5543333. I'm cc'ing this to him.
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