Political Protests in Nepal

The first Constituent Assembly (CA) was elected in 2008 but the parties never came to a consensus — every party had their own agenda to drive through the government.


Another CA was elected in November 2013, but the story continues on the same page. Her people were tired of waiting for the constitution to materialise, taking to the streets to protest and force the CA to show its hand instead.


Little did the country find out: It took a 7.8-magnitude earthquake to jolt everyone to come together, and bring Nepal a step forward. 


On 8 June 2016, the parties agreed on Nepal’s new constitution.


These were the scenes before the earthquake, photographed in early 2015.

Locals looking on from the side of the road during a protest held by members of the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN).
Locals looking on from the side of the road during a protest held by members of the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN).
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A Nepal Police officer stands guard at Kupondole in Lalitpur, Nepal, during the nationwide bandh called by the UCPN(Maoist) opposition party.
A Nepal Police officer stands guard at Kupondole in Lalitpur, Nepal, during the nationwide bandh called by the UCPN(Maoist) opposition party.
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A protester from the Madhesi party performs a traditional dance at Tundikhel during a mass rally called by the 30 party alliance.

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Protesters, together with Nepal Police personnels, rest during an ongoing protest rally called by the UCPN(Maoist) at Khulla Munch in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A protester shouts slogans from the crowd during a protest rally called by the UCPN(Maoist) on Saturday at Khulla Munch in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A protester shouts slogans from the crowd during a protest rally called by the UCPN(Maoist) at Khulla Munch in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Locals standing beside Nepal Police (NP) officers during the protest led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) at Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
Locals standing beside Nepal Police (NP) officers during the protest led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) at Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
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Locals look on during a political protest at Khulla Munch in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Locals at a political protest at Khulla Munch in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A member of the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) waving the party's flag proudly during a protest held along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
A member of the Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN) waving the party's flag proudly during a protest held along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
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Lines of defense set up by the Nepal Police (NP) and Armed Police Force (APF) along Madan Bhandari Road in Baneshwor in lieu of possible clashes with the opposition protesters.
Lines of defense set up by the Nepal Police (NP) and Armed Police Force (APF) along Madan Bhandari Road in Baneshwor in lieu of possible clashes with the opposition protesters.
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Political pamphlets and other scraps of paper left at the protest site.
Political pamphlets and other scraps of paper left at the protest site.
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Nepal Army personnels gearing up behind the barbed wires set up along Madan Bhadari Road in Baneshwor.

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A girl wanting to play with officers from the Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) who were in a police vehicle waiting by the side of the road, during a protest along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
A girl wanting to play with officers from the Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) who were in a police vehicle waiting by the side of the road, during a protest along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, Nepal.
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Locals looking onto the streets during a protest march by the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPPN) along Pulchowk Road in Lalitpur.
Locals looking onto the streets during a protest march by the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPPN) along Pulchowk Road in Lalitpur.
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During a temporary halt at a road junction, a protester from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPPN) continues to lead the group in support of reinstating of the monarchy in the country.
During a temporary halt at a road junction, a protester from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal (RPPN) continues to lead the group in support of reinstating of the monarchy in the country.
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Nepal Police personnel armed with anti-riot gear.

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A Nepal Police (NP) personnel keeps a lookout on the protesters along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, as part of his duty on a government bus service during a protest called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
A Nepal Police (NP) personnel keeps a lookout on the protesters along Pulchowk road in Lalitpur, as part of his duty on a government bus service during a protest called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
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The 31-party alliance party organised a protest along Madan Bhadari Road in Baneshwor.

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Massive turnout at the mass rally called by the 30 party alliance at Tundikhel.

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A girl stands in front of the barricade set up by the police at the end of the protest in Baneshwor when there was still no consensus on the constitution.
A girl stands in front of the barricade set up by the police at the end of the protest in Baneshwor when there was still no consensus on the constitution.
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