Nepal: Feb 13 Set for Fifth Wave of Protest
Posted by n3wday on February 6, 2010
This article was published on the Himalayan Times.
Maoists to unleash 5th phase protest from Feb 13
KATHMANDU: Identifying the national independence, peace and constitution as its work-plan and announcing a fresh month-long protest programmes, the week-long Standing Committee meeting of the UCPN- Maoist concluded on Thursday afternoon. The meet also condemned the continued killings and attacks on its cadres in different districts.
The party announced that it would organise a month-long publicity-oriented protest programmes starting from February 13. It also announced a mobilisation campaign from February 13 to March 8 to spread awareness among the people about its ongoing protest programme on national independence and civilian supremacy.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the Standing Committee meet in the premises of its party office Koteshwor, party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said that the party is committed to the peace process and drafting the new constitution. He also made it clear that he has not proposed Nepali Congress (NC) president Girija Prasad Koirala for the post of Prime Minister. His denial comes a few days after NC leaders reportedly made the claim. He added that the party would support the revision of the proposed deadline for drafting the new constitution if the other parties were in agreement. He said that differences among the parties can be resolved through the HLPM.
Speaking in the programme, he emphasised on a united front of all the nationalists and republicans for the peace and new constitution drafting processes.He said that unity is essential at a time when external forces are scheming to derail the peace and constitution drafting processes.
In reply to queries of the journalists he ruled out any differences within the party. He claimed that media reports to the effect are a conspiracy of vested interests plotting to create a rift within the Maoist party. He also stressed on the importance of the PLA integration and drafting of the new constitution being accomplished simultaneously. He said it would be easier to integrate the Maosit PLAs once the state restructuring and drafting the national security plan have been completed.
Maoists pacify agitation expecting HLPM to address demands
This article was published on Nepal News.
The Unified CPN (Maoist) has decided to limit its fifth phase agitation to people’s mobilisation only expecting the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) to address the demands it has been raising. Addressing a press conference organised to make public the decision taken by a week-long standing committee meeting at party headquarters Parisdanda, Koteshwar on Thursday Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said, “We have not brought any aggressive protest programmes with an expectation that the mechanism will take necessary steps to end the current political deadlock. If the mechanism, too, disregards our demands we will resort to very intensive protest programmes.”
At the press conference, chairman Dahal announced a nearly two-month long agitation starting on February 13, the People’s War Day and ending on April 6, the People’s Movement Day. According to the announced programme, the agitation includes people’s mobilisation, mass assemblies and door-to-door awareness programme. The demands of the agitation include national sovereignty, civilian supremacy and a national government.
Maoist chairman Dahal also said during the press conference, the time stipulated for launching the constitution could be extended further if the parties decide so. However, he added the people would have the right to revolt if a constitution is not launched even after the extension. Chairman Dahal said, his party will resort to the people’s revolt only after all options of concluding the peace process amicably are exhausted.