British police interfere ex-Gurkha veterans’ hunger strike near PM’s residence

Published On: August 11, 2021 08:53 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

LONDON, August 11: British Police have interfered in a hunger strike launched by the ex-Gurkha veterans in front of the Prime Minister’s residence 10 Downing Street since last Saturday. 

Police removed the tents on Tuesday stating that the area in which the protesters were encamped was prohibited for placing tents according to the British rule. A group of hunger strikers had attempted to stop the police act of removing their tents but the police arbitrarily cleared the area without giving any heed to the demand of protesters. 

In the course of scuffle that followed between police and those staging hunger strikes in the area, Gyanraj Rai, one of the hunger strikers, sarcastically asked a question to the British administration if that was an award granted to ex-Gurkhas who fought for Britain for over two centuries.

Chief of Gorkha Satyagraha Struggle Committee Krishna Bahadur Rai said the British government was trying to weaken their movement for justice in the pretext of law. 

It may be noted that the Nepal’s House of Representatives (HOR)’s International Relations Committee on Tuesday had directed the government to form a high-level committee to look after issues of Gorkhas who have been staging hunger strikes putting forth their demands. 

The struggle would continue until and unless the British government officially comes up with a letter stipulating date for dialogue. 

For the past four days, ex-Gurkha veterans, Gyanraj Rai, Dhanamaya Gurung and Pushpa Rana have been staging fast-unto-death before the PM residence in Britain.


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