Jun 25, 2005

Nepali Guerilla Radio

Saw this on Boing Boing, and thought I should at least comment on it, since it underlines the notion of fierce resistance and resilience from beneath the oppressive might of systemic control and institutional violence against peaceful people that I have started to read about.

Banned Nepal radio hits the street
Banned from broadcasting news since February's royal coup, Nepali radio reporters have found a new way to get their bulletins out: loudspeaker.

Every evening, about 300 people gather on a roadside in Biratnagar, 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Katmandu to listen to Keshav Bhattarai read out the news from an open air studio on the roof of a narrow, three-story building.
[Full story]

The power of information, the powerful desire to know what is happening in the world, and in this troubled land, is truly inspirational. The courage of those who would defy a regime willing to go to great lengths to make an example of dissidents is even more admirable. Not to mention the power of self-publishing - namely, blogs - in this context, as the only news that's come out of Nepal since the lockdown more than 4 months ago is through the writers utilizing this format. Let's wish them success in their fight.

For more information about what's happening in Nepal, check out these blogs:

United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal
Radio Free Nepal

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