Vice of Wills - Nepal

Nepal, In The Vice Of Wills (2001-2008)
 

I started photographing in Nepal in 2001. At the time the little kingdom was torn apart by a civil war between royal troops and the Maoist guerrilla. After spending days up in the mountains with the Maoist guerilla in May 2001, I returned to Katmandu 2 days only before the anachronical royal parricide: the prince Dipendra had shot dead 8 members of his family, including the beloved King Birendra.

 

The coronation of his uncle, King Gyanendra early June 2001 became synonymous of darker years for the country. In 2006, he sacked the parliament: again, Nepal became an absolute monarchy. People went down the streets to protest, for what was called the Jana Andolan-II, the democratic uprising. Dozens were killed before the 18th of May act when the Parliament unanimously voted to strip the King of many of his powers. Maoists entered legality after a ten-year civil war that claims more than thirteen thousands deaths.

 

A mere eighteen months after their organization was legalized, the CPN-Maoists achieved a broad unexpected electoral victory, winning more than a third of the Constituent Assembly seats. Prachanda the fierce Maoist leader, became Prime Minister in 2008.

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Effigy of PM Koirala, whom protestors set up fire during demonstrations demanding his resignation, may 2001
Demonstrators come to express their grief and anger in front of the parlement, the day after the Royal massacre, Kathmandu 2D of June 2001
Funeral procession of the bodies of King Birendra and his wife around the city of Kathmandu, 2d of June 2001
Ghurkas soldiers are in charge of the streets security, since curfew has been declared the days following the royal tragedy, Kathmandu June 2001
Funeral procession of the bodies of King Birendra and his wife around the city of Kathmandu, 2d of June 2001
Nepali police is trying to keep the streets calm before the funeral procession of King Birendra and his wife, Kathmandu june 2001
King Gyanendra corronation, Katmandu Nepal June 2001
Walking with the Maoists, on the way to Dunge Schwar village, Nepal, 24th of May 2001, meeting hill people. No talk, no communication, an austere atmosphere… Smoking the traditionnal pipe of charasse is not allowed by the Maoists, neither are cigarettes,
The Maoist cultural team entertains the assembly of villagers with revolutionary songs and dances in between speeches for the local Maoist government election, Malika village, 25th of may 2001
The young Red Army soldiers are in charge to prevent the Malika villagers from leaving the meeting for the local Maoist government elections (7 hours) on the 25th of May 2001. In the center, Radha, red Army 16 years old.
The walls of Dunge Schwor village are all covered by Maoists recommandations and slogans :” behave yourself, the Maoists are watching you”, “smoking cigarettes, drinking alcool and playing cards are strictly forbidden”, Nepal May 2001
Himalaya, 19 years old, Red Army, Malika Village, Nepal 25th of May 2001
Maoist guerilla, Red Army, on the way to Malika village, 25th of May 2001, Nepal
Parasmani, the district committee secretary, on the way to Dunge Schwar, May 2001, Nepal : “We want to bring a new world. When you give birth to a baby, there is pain and blood. We have to suffer a great pain. In this world the sacrifice of hundreds of
Bindu (19 years old), & Shishka (21 years old), from the Red Army, Malika village, 26th of May 2001 Nepal, May 2001
Population of Dunge Schwor village, Surkhet district, 24th of May 2001. The village is said to be entirely maoist
Anti Absolute monarchy protestors are burning tires, which becomes the ordinary environnement on the Ring Road during the weeks of protest. Kalanki, outskirt of Kathmandu Nepal 21st of April 2006
Anti Absolute Monarchy protestors scanding slogans against King Gyanendra. Kathmandu outskirt, 17th of April 2006
Protestors anti Absolute Monarchy throw stones at the riot police, Kalanki, outskirt of Kathmandu Nepal 23rd of April 2006
Riot police is charging over protestors who are throwing stones, Gongabu area Kathmandu 16th of April 2006
Riot police is charging s over protestors in the narrow streets of the center Kathmandu: Asan chowk Katmandu Nepal 22d of April 2006
A woman is burried under other protestors bodies, while riot police keep beating them up with bamboo sticks, Katmandu Nepal 22d of April 2006
Riot police is charging and firing tear gas over protestors in the narrow streets of the center Kathmandu: Asan chow 22d of April 2006
shoes of protestors who ran away or got injured by riot police, Asan chowk, Center of Kathmandu. The blood track belongs to a very young boy who got his head wide open by police bamboo stick. 22d of April 2006 Katmandu Nepal
Anti Absolute Monarchy protestors scanding slogans against King Gyanendra. During the weeks of general strikes and riots, many Nepalis have been injured and several killed. Riot police has used tear gas and blinded many, and has also broken legs and arms
Protestors throw stones at the riot police in response to tear gas, Kalanki, outskirt of Kathmandu
Riot police standing over a hill in Kalanki, where protestors have been loothing a governemental building, Kathmandu
Burning tires during protests against the absolute monarchy of King Gyanendra, Kalanki outskirt of Kathmandu 21st of April 2006
police man in Ratna Park, 15th of April 2006 Katmandu Nepal
Political parties alliance celebrate their "victory" in Ratna Park. During the night, the King Gyanendra has given back power to the people's democraty Katmandu Nepal 25th of April 2006
Maoists flags in old Kathmandu streets 14th of April 2008
Prachanda--called the furious, leader of the CPN-Maoist in Kirtipur near Kathmandu where he came to thank his voters. 19th of April 2008
Prachanda, leader of the CPN-Maoist in Kirtipur near Kathmandu, where he came to thank his electors to have voted for him during the Constituant Assembly elections. 19th of April 2008
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