Winter Has Its End is a team of reporters traveling during the summer of 2011 to places in the world where people are rising up. Their statement says “We aim to give on the ground reporting, telling the story of people who are fighting for a better world. We want to provide a picture as their struggle to realize their aspirations unfolds. Who are these people? What drives them to fight? What kind of world are they trying to bring into being? What stands in their way?”
The reporters have been in Nepal for weeks. These are some of their early stories. As they now return, we will post their further essays and interviews.
Demobilized PLA Members Fight Back
Tonight, torch-carrying former members of the People’s Liberation Army held a highly disciplined and militant demonstration in Kathmandu. They are challenging the government has no future for them other than basket weaving programs, and arguing against one view in the UCPN(M) that would ultimately mean the dissolution of the PLA.
When the Maoists entered the ceasefire of 2006, the United Nations was charged with the task of disqualifying any fighter who joined the PLA when they were under the age of 18 or was deemed unfit for any other reason. About 2000 of the nearly 30,000 PLA fighters were disqualified. Many have spoken out that they will continue to be fighters for Maoist revolution.
Videos and interviews from this demonstration coming soon. Photos by Eric Ribellarsi.