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Nepali Times: Strike Ends, Struggle Continues

Posted by Mike E on May 7, 2010

Maoists withdraw strike

Friday, May 7th, 2010 (Nepali Times)

The Maoists have withdrawn their indefinite strike following intense international pressure, on the evening that Nepal’s professional organisations and businesses staged a mammoth peace rally in Kathmandu and as resistance spread across the country.

The announcement was made after the party’s standing committee meeting on Friday at 9:15, and was announced as breaking news on all TV channels. Cheers were heard going up in neighbourhoods around the capital.

The Maoists have said they have only “postponed” the Tesro Jana Andolan and thanked the “janata” for their support and solidarity.

“Our protest will now take a different nature and we reserve the right to resume the indefinite strike at a later date,”  Pushpa Kamal Dahal told the media. He announced demonstrations on Saturday noon in metros around the country. On Sunday there is a program to encircle Singha Darbar “until the current puppet government steps down”.

It is not yet clear what was the final straw that made the Maoists withdraw the strike, but reports on television of Maoist YCL attacking peace rallies across the country probably convinced the leadership that the strike may be going out of control. There were also indications that the anti-strike citizen’s demonstrations were to spread across the country.

The flurry of diplomatic meetings between Dahal and the diplomatic community on Thursday and Friday may have also contributed. The standing committee met soon after Dahal met ambassadors from Denmark, Switzerland, the United States and India. The Norwegian ambassador had initiated a mediation effort of his own in his residence in Bhaisepati on Thursday evening.

It is also not yet clear what the Maoists will get in return, although there are reports that a “package deal” on integration, constitution and power sharing will be announced Sunday.

4 Responses to “Nepali Times: Strike Ends, Struggle Continues”

  1. Revolutionary J said

    It isn’t clear that this “peace rally” is concentrated only in the capital or people from rural areas also take part in it?

  2. red trace said

    Their was one actual “peace rally” organized by the chamber of commerce and bar association in Kathmandu. It was the most affluent rally Nepal has likely ever seen. Vigilante groups assembled as the peace rally dispersed, which then engaged in clashes with Maoists, but these were “infiltrators” not the main peace rally, which took pains to note its neutrality.

    In Pokhara, UML and Nepali Congress leaders called for people to shoot and kill Maoists from the main microphone. It was not a “peace rally”, but a militant, anti-Maoist and openly counter-revolutionary gathering.

    In the Terai, Hindutva gangs also operated though they chanted for a “Hindu state” and not “peace”.

  3. Alastair Reith said

    It was the urban bourgeoisie plus their supporters, plain and simple. The whole show was organised by the chamber of commerce.

  4. Rosa said

    @Revolutionary J
    The leadership themselves are not clear so how could you be?

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