Mass protest in Kathmandu demanding restoration of constitutional monarchy
December 5, 2020 03:14 PM NPT
By: Monika Malla
KATHMANDU: A mass demonstration was held in the capital on Saturday demanding restoration of the monarchy in Nepal.
Hundreds of pro-monarchy protestors gathered in Maitighar and walked past Babar Mahal and Bijulibazar before converging into a corner meeting in New Baneshwar where the federal parliament building is located.
They chanted strong slogans in favor of the Hindu monarchy and demanded the reinstatement of constitutional monarchy in the country for the ‘sake of the country's national unity and well-being of the people’.
The protestors carried national flags and placards of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founding father of modern Nepal. The mass demonstration was organized by the Rashtriya Nagarik Andolan Samiti 2077 (National Civic Movement Committee 2020).
Demonstrators also chanted slogans against the Federal Democratic Republican system that Nepal adopted in 2008 after the abolition of the 240-year old monarchy. Some protestors also demanded that Nepal should be declared as the Hindu state again.
A similar protest was held in Kathmandu a week ago while pro-monarchy demonstrations took place in several major cities including Pokhara and Butwal in favor of the reinstatement of monarchy, which was abolished on 28 May 2008 by the 1st Constituent Assembly after the successful people's uprising in 2007.
This is probably the biggest demonstration in favor of monarchy in the country after the promulgation of the first post-war constitution in 2015.