Maoists Sit-In at Indian Embassy in Kathmandu
Posted by Ka Frank on January 20, 2010
This article was published in Nepal News on January 19, 2010.
Maoists stage protest in front of Indian Embassy
The Unified CPN (Maoist) staged dharna (sit-in) in front of the Indian Embassy at Lainchour Tuesday afternoon, protesting the border encroachment and ‘ Indian intervention’ in Nepal’s internal affairs. Hundreds of Maoist cadres marched from Bhadrakali to Lainchour to stage the dharna, which was part of the 4th phase of agitation launched by the party to ‘safeguard national independence’ and restore ‘civilian supremacy’.
There was huge presence of security personnel around the Indian Embassy during the Maoist protest programme. The protesters sat for dharna about 200 feet away from the embassy’s main gate as the security men prevented them from advancing further. Addressing the gathering following the dharna, Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha accused India of interfering in Nepal’s internal matters and encroaching Nepali land. He said the party had to spearhead the protest movement as civilian supremacy had been trampled and national independence was at stake.
The Maoists also staged similar protest in front of Singha Durbar. The party’s standing committee had met prior to the dharna in front of the Indian embassy.
The Maoist party has toughed its position against ‘Indian meddling’ in Nepal and recently organised protest programmes in bordering areas across the country, which were led by senior party leaders.
Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in his recent meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna in Kathmandu reportedly raised the issue of border problem and “attempts [by India] to sideline the Maoists”. In response, the Indian minister said New Delhi was ready to settle all the problems through dialogue and called for necessary preparations from Nepali side for formal dialogue.