The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Friday, July 7, 2006


Bhutanese refugee students launch anti-Monarchy protests

Kathmandu, June 26:

Bhutanese students housed in refugees camps in eastern Nepal have launched anti-Monarchy protests and demanded immediate repatriation of over one lakh refugees residing in the country. All Bhutan Revolutionary Students (ABRSU), affiliated with the bhutan Communist Party ML (BCP-ML) organised protests against Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in Goldhap Refugee Camp of Jhapa district yesterday, the Kathmandu Post reported. Thousands of refugees residing in the camp participated in the rally and shouted slogans against King Jigme, according to the daily. The BCP-ML is planning massive protests to end the Druk Monarchy in Bhutan, said Bikash Sharma, central member of the party. "Since there is no possibility of emancipation in Bhutan without launching an armed revolution, we have been carrying necessary preparation to end Monarchy," he said. In Kathmandu, over 50 refugees continued their sit-in protest at the main gate of the United Nations office and SAARC secretariat complex to draw the attention of the international community and to pressurise Bhutan's Druk government to resolve the refugee issue. Meanwhile, Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that the government would not stick to the previous agreement reached between Nepal and Bhutan governments to "categorise" the refugees in Nepal. "Nepal will change its stand on this agenda if the Bhutanese people here don't accept this provision for the sake of their rights," he told a delegation of Bhutanese refugees at his office yesterday.

Bureau Report

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