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Maoist Radicals to Block Return of Seized Land

Posted by Alastair on October 1, 2011

“Wherever Baburam sends police, I will be there. We will see how the police will fire at us”

Many times over the past five years, there has been talk of the Maoists ‘returning’ property – agricultural land, buildings and homes – seized by the poor during the People’s War. Until now, this has for the most part not taken place. With the beginning of the peace process there was an understanding that Nepal would see significant land reform, and as this has not happened, the squatters and poor farmers who live on the captured land have not left. 

Now, with the leader of the conservative right-wing faction of the Maoists occupying the office of Prime Minister, there is once again talk of forcing the squatters to leave and hand their homes back to the landlords. This time the talk appears to have serious intentions behind it. What anti-Maoist governments could not even begin, a Maoist-led government appears set to to try and finish.

Large sections of the movement see this as a horrific betrayal… and they intend to fight against it. 

From Myrepublica

Chand to block return of seized properties


KATHMANDU, Sept 26: UCPN (Maoist) Standing Committee Member Netra Bikram Chand, who is close to Senior Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya, has threatened to block the government bid to return properties seized by the Maoists during the conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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