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Images from the Mass Actions in Nepal

Posted by Mike E on November 1, 2009

Alastair Reith has been posting pictures from Nepal — and we will be offering them here as the new wave of popular resistance mounts this week in Kathmandu and other parts of the country. The Maoist revolutionaries have called for mass resistance to the reactionary government and the caste-ridden royalist army. We urge everyone to follow this closely and make sure all progressive people have a sense of these events and their importance.

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Supporters of the Maoist revolutionary movement staging a torch rally on the first day of the second round of protests against the President’s move to overrule the erstwhile government’s decision to sack the then army chief in Kathmandu, Sunday, Nov 01 09. nepalnews.com/rh

Maoists begin second round of protests against President’s move Sunday, 01 November 2009 20:13

The Unified CPN (Maoist) has begun its second round of protests against the President’s move to overrule the erstwhile government’s decision to sack the erstwhile Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Rookmangud Katawal from Sunday.

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As Police Attack, Prachanda Warns Government Not to Suppress People

Posted by Mike E on November 1, 2009

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UCPN-Maoist CA lawmaker Hari Lal Thapa Magar sustains injuries during the Singha Durbar gherao protest programme in Kathmandu on Sunday, November 1, 2009.

Dahal warns against use of force to suppress Maoist agitation

Nepal News, November 1,  2009

Chairman of Unified CPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Sunday that the current government is unsuccessfully trying to maintain its hold on power, although the international community has already called for the formation of “national unity government” in the country. The Maoist chairman made the remark a day after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said a national unity government would be ‘desirable’ for timely drafting of new constitution and management of the Maoist army.

Speaking at a tea-reception organized in Kathmandu on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1130, Dahal accused the Madhav Kumar Nepal government of being an “obstruction for the new constitution and establishment of peace in the country”.

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Police baton charged the protest the bleeding CA member above was at, here's another photo.

He said that the intensity of the nationwide agitation his party is organizing from today will not wane but continue to grow until the President’s “unconstitutional move” on the Army chief row is corrected. Assuring that the party’s nationwide protest programme will be peaceful, the Maoist chairman, however, warned that if there are efforts to suppress the agitation through the use of force then its outcome would not be good.

Alluding to the remarks made by Defense Minister Bidya Devi Bhandari who has said that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement needs to be amended so that Nepal Army can take in new recruits and purchase weapons and ammunitions, Dahal said that such statements by the ministers of the current government are against the spirit of the CPA and “highly unfortunate”.

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Events Quicken, Conflict Sharpens — Eyes On Nepal!

Posted by Mike E on November 1, 2009

Nepal Maoists Street Demonstration in KatmanduA collision has been building for months — since the Nepali military refused to accept civilian and restructure along the lines ordered by the Maoist-dominated government. Since then the Maosts resigned from national office and regrouped in a series of strategic meetings. They have called for public actions — suggesting that this might build to the kind of storm that toppled the King a few years ago. The word insurrection has been mentioned.

And meanwhile the reactionary forces have braced themselves and grouped around the military high command. The chances of a military coup, or strike against the Maoists is very real. And there are reports of the Nepali military leaders meeting with the U.S. representatives and other reactionaries.

All of this has been reported here on Kasama or on our sister site Revolution in South Asia. We urge our readers to back up and reread the interviews and analysis we have been publishing. In particular the recent interview with Baburam Bhattarai is worth reading closely and soberly.

Now the talking, planning, and organizing have come to this: the Nepali Maoists have launched their wave of actions. And we should urge everyone to set their eyes onto Nepal, and prepare to speak out in defense of its people and revolutionary movement.

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