It feels terrible to see innocent people getting beaten, battered and dragged on the streets. Yes, it was not a pleasant scene, police trying to subdue the wailing chants of “Free Tibet” and “Long Live Dalai Lama”, nor was it enjoyable seeing Tibetan refugees getting thrashed and slammed into the police van.
My deepest sympathies for refugees!
However, lately the media all around the world has been blaming Nepal government and Nepal police for using excessive force in handling the Tibetan refugees during their “peaceful” demonstrations in the streets of Kathmandu.
The phrase “excessive force” sounds so stupid. When you use force, it’s supposed to be an excessive one, isn’t it?
What do you expect – the police would say “Please go home and eat Chicken Chaomein”?
Or is it any different when Nepal police beat the Tibetan refugees than when the US police beat the anti-WTO sloganeers in Seattle?
Force is bound to be excessive.
My point – the police is there to restrain or if necessary, beat up. With bamboo sticks here in Nepal and India, with shiny black batons and pepper-spray in the USA. Why this freaking fuss FOCUSED on how Nepali police used “excessive force”? Is that the main issue here?
Those two pictures above are from March 10 – the first day those Tibetan refugees in Baudha, Kathmandu took out the demonstration. The police were there to restrain them – not to beat them.
And what do the refugees do? They entice the police. They charged first, not the police.
What do you expect then – police personnel heading out to some Momo shop or a nearby Tibetan restaurant, while the protestors rule the streets of Baudha? Police never intervened when these same refugees, clad in monk-dress, showed up in Nanglo Restaurant or in discothèques or while driving around on foreign sponsored sleek SUVs – police never cared, our government never meddled with these “rich” refugees.
Like I said, they charged first.
Just wanted to add some more pics, that police, anywhere in the world, while handling demonstrations do not know any other language than brutality.
(Pics by Suresh Maharjan/Nepal Samacharpatra)