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Nepal’s revolutionaries form new fighting force

Posted by redpines on May 7, 2012

According to the following article in Telegraph Nepal,the wing of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by Kiran has replaced the YCL with a new fighting force called the Janasevak Bureau. The force is reportedly led by UCPN(M) politburo member, Biplab, a radical young leader.

Nepal Maoists hardliners form Jan Sevak bureau a la YCL: Report

24 April, 2012

The panel led by nationalist leader, Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ of Unified Maoists’ Party, has declared formation of a separate ‘fighting force’ comprising of dissatisfied, UNMIN disqualified Militias and some YCL cadres.

The unit thus formed will be called as ‘Janasevak Bureau’ was declared amid a program in Lalitpur, April 24, 2012.

Party Leader Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ currently heads a 17 member committee that drives the unit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Revolutionary students protest Indian interference

Posted by redpines on May 7, 2012

This report appeared at Zeenews.

Nepal: Maoist students protest against India

May 7,2012

Kathmandu: Pro-Maoist students close to the hardliner faction led by Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran’ have staged a demonstration here against alleged Indian interference in the formation of a national government in Nepal.

The protesters briefly clashed with the police while organising a torch lit rally at Ratnapark and Kamaladi area in the heart of the capital last evening, eye-witnesses said.

They also obstructed traffic for an hour to show their protest against what they called “direct intervention of India” in Nepalese politics.
“We protest India’s direct interference in our internal issues,” said Ratna Dhakal, central committee member of the All Nepal National Independence Students Union- Revolutionary.

“We condemn Indian interference in any sector of our country.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal – Development of a new People’s Liberation Army?

Posted by hetty7 on May 7, 2012

The political struggle in Nepal appears to be sharpening.  We urge the usual caution in reports from the bourgeois press.

This article is from myrepublica

Baidya Faction Calls National Gathering of ‘People’s Volunteers’

Kiran Pun

Kathmandu,  April 24: The hardline faction of the Maoist party led by Senior Vice- Chairman Mohan Baidya is organizing the first ecer national gathering of the ‘People’s Volunteers’ in Kathmandu on Tuesday  in a bid to activate it and to chart out its future strategies. People’s Volunteers is a combative youth wing of the Maoist party headed by Netra Bikram Chand. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: CPI(Maoist) statement on Indian state brutality in Maad

Posted by redpines on May 6, 2012

‘Operation Green Hunt,’ the Indian state offensive against the CPI(Maoist) and their adivasi (tribal) allies, continues. Indian Army special forces are now assisting paramilitaries in the effort to harass, brutalize and displace tribals; it is also highly likely that US special forces are providing training to these groups. The following document gives an account of the effects of these operations on tribal villages:

Apart from this, in every village they entered, the government forces resorted to loot, beatings, razing of houses and destruction.
In Padko village on the southern side of Indravati River, the government forces destroyed a field. People are collectively growing vegetables, maize etc in this field. In the forest nearby this village a school is being run by the revolutionary Janatana Sarkar and hundreds of government forces attacked this school. The entire students and teachers had evacuated the school beforehand fearing attack. The police camped for two days there and wreaked havoc. 

Thanks to Banned Thought for making this document available.

COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)

DANDAKARANYA SPECIAL ZONAL COMMITTEE

March 30, 2012

 An appeal to all the democrats and patriots of our country

Condemn the brutal offensive conducted by the government armed forces in Maad !

Come forward to stop the unjust war on the most oppressed people of our country ! Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippines: CPP calls for removal of US military presence

Posted by redpines on May 5, 2012

Women in Mindanao protest US imperialism

The following statement calls for an end to the recent resurgence of US military involvement in the Philippines. Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle for making this available.

Repeal of US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty will help in peaceful resolution of South China Sea conflicts — Communist Party of the Philippines

Communist Party of the Philippines

3 May, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) urged the Filipino people to push for the repeal of the US-RP Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951 and the pullout of all American military troops in the Philippines in order to ease military and diplomatic tensions over the Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands and pave the way for the peaceful resolution of the conflict and build mutually beneficial relations with both China and the US.
The CPP issued this statement a day after security and defense officials of the Aquino and US governments met in Washington DC. The US government promised to allow the Aquino government to purchase another Hamilton-class cutter from the American military scrap yard after officials of the Aquino regime mendaciously appealed for US support in order “for the Philippines to be minimally relied upon as a US regional partner.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kiran on May Day in Nepal: No unity without people’s power

Posted by redpines on May 4, 2012

Photo by B

The following report on various May Day events and speeches in Nepal comes from The Red Star.

May day observe

1 May 2012

Kathmandu, May 1: The 123rd International Workers’ Day, which is also known as May Day, was celebrated by organizing various programmes in Nepal on Tuesday. Trade unions such as Both the factions of Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist affiliated All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF), General Federation of Nepalese Trade Union (GEFONT) and Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) organised rallies and mass assemblies in capital Kathmandu to mark the Workers’ Day Sunday. May Day is observed every year on May 1 across the world as a symbol of international workers solidarity. It is also a national holiday in Nepal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal – Interview with Basanta

Posted by hetty7 on May 1, 2012

Thanks to  Banned Thought for this important new interview by Basanta, a Politburo member of the UCPN (M). This interview strongly condemns Prachanda and Bhattarai and explores what has gone wrong in the Nepal Party.

“When the leaders nakedly surrender before imperialism and their running domestic agents, then the two-line struggle does not remain an issue of the party alone. Rather it becomes an issue of the nation and the entire oppressed people as a whole. It must be taken to the masses so that their anti-people and anti-national crimes could be unveiled. Hence, the two-line struggle which we are taking to the masses now is an ideological and political campaign to make the entire oppressed class, nation, sex, and region stand by the side of revolutionaries and expose the right revisionists who betrayed the nation and people in the garb of Marxism.”

Interview with Basanta

April 22,2012:

1.  How is the recent situation concerning the two line struggle in your party? Have any of the most important contradictions been solved? (Here you can describe the whole situation about the positions of each side, on which we already have a general idea, but also underline the points that are agreed on.)

For a communist party, the two-line struggle is the source of its life. As an object does not exist without contradiction in it, a communist party too does not exist when there is no two-line struggle. However, the two-line struggle does not always have the same level but varies depending upon the content of the issues involved in it. The two-line struggle in our party has sharpened mainly after the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly, which established the federal democratic republic of Nepal. Monarchy has been abolished from Nepal but not feudalism. Nepal is still a semi-feudal and semi-colonial country. External intervention is on the rise. The essence of the two-line struggle is centred on how to understand the situation and whether to continue with status quo i.e. the semi-feudal and semi-colonial condition beautified by cosmetics of the democratic republic or continue struggling to establish People’s Federal Republic in its place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian state ‘discovers’ red Naxal village

Posted by redpines on April 24, 2012

The CPI(Maoist) has very deep roots among the people, gaining support in areas that the Indian state was, apparently, not even aware of.

The piece originally appeared at the Hindustan Times. Thanks also to The Prison Gates Are Open site for making it available.

By Harinder Baweja
April 22, 2012

Helicopters were kept on standby for casualty evacuation; targets were chosen with care after studying satellite images and the troops were warned — the encounters would be fierce and the naxals could be in the hundreds, even thousands. After weeks of planning, security forces armed with automatic rifles, satellite phones and Swedish Carl Gustav rocket launchers made their very first foray into the dense Abujhmad jungle, straddling the two states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.  Abujhmad, or ‘unknown hill’ — 6,000 sq km of thick forest — has not been surveyed since the British.

As part of the operation, security forces had zoomed in on a map of the area with the help of Google Earth, on to a couple of structures they identified as a ‘naxal camp’. A plan was prepared to go in and take out the naxalites. The mission had a second aim — the stronghold had to be psychologically breached, since it is as much home to the naxals as it is a zone ‘liberated’ of all government control. Read the rest of this entry »

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Revolutionaries in Nepal hold torch rally against surrender of the PLA

Posted by redpines on April 13, 2012

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Nepal: When the enemy’s army enters the people’s base camp

Posted by redpines on April 12, 2012

Peter Tobin writes from Nepal about the recent takeover of the PLA cantonments by the reactionary army. His comments originally appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle.

This decision of the party establishment indicates either stupidity or treachery

by Peter Tobin

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I am among the many international supporters of the Nepalese revolution. Ever since the UCPN(M) took the heroic decision in 1996 to launch the People’s War we have watched in astonishment as this party made an important and unique contribution to proletarian history when it appeared that globally communism was on the retreat. The Soviet Union, in Comrade Castro’s words had: “committed suicide’ and China had decisively become state capitalist and so there was no socialist support base to turn to.

Everywhere it appeared that capitalism was triumphant and yet against this tide of reaction Nepalese comrades stood up and launched the first communist revolution of the 21st century. That a small, landlocked country in SE Asia within a matter of years would become the crucible of revolution, that would set an example to oppressed people everywhere was inspirational. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: An economic analysis of the Nonadanga evictions

Posted by redpines on April 12, 2012

Nonadanga residents

Millions of people in India build their homes and shelters on land technically ‘owned’ by the state. In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress government has been selling off this land to corporations, which means the squatters and slum residents are brutally evicted. All in the name of ‘development’.  Recently officials have set their sites on the Nonadanga slum in Kolkata, attempting to displace residents and jailing all who resist. The following article in Radical Notes provides a useful political and economic analysis of the situation.

Nonadanga is at just a stone’s throw from the eastern metropolitan bypass behind such glitzy corporate hospitals like Fortis, Ruby and Desunand and plans are on to transfer the land at throwaway prices to big real-estate projects by ‘Urbana’ and IT hubs. Obviously, in such a strategic location in a metropolis, they will not tolerate slums and ‘all these dirty people’.

Nonadanga: Against Repression and Arrest

April 11, 2012

by Parag,
Krantikari Naujawan Sabha

Condemn Repression in the name of ‘Development’ of the ‘Beautiful’ !
Demand Immediate Release of Arrested Dissenters !!

The ‘beautiful’ and the ‘developed’ entwined as it is with power, must make war on its underside, the ‘ugly’, the toiling, and demolish it, hide it under the shine of corporate towers and election promises. The brutal violence of the present process of ‘development’ in India comes buttressed with State Repression. This is exposed yet again when the Trinamool-led West Bengal government with its brute police force and Kolkata Municipal Development Corporation (KMDA) bulldozed and burnt the houses of 800 slum-dwellers in Nonadanga, South Kolkata on 30th March 2012 in the name of ‘beautification’. This is backed up with continuous state repression- residents who tried to resist their homes being demolished were beaten, picked up and put into police vans. Picking up pieces from their broken homes, setting up temporary shelters with vinyl sheets and a community kitchen, Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Support imprisoned slum residents and activists in Kolkata

Posted by redpines on April 11, 2012

We have received the following call for solidarity with activists and residents of Nonandanga who were recently arrested while defending the community. We encourage our readers to sign the petition and to seek out other ways of expressing solidarity.

Sanhati is deeply concerned by the West Bengal government’s arrest of seven democratic rights activists and its earlier detention of residents of the Nonadanga slum on April 8, 2012 at Ruby junction in Kolkata. These activists were engaged in a peaceful sit-in demonstration attended by a broad spectrum of left organisations and individuals of good conscience,
demanding rehabilitation of hundreds of residents evicted from the Nonadanga slum of Kolkata on March 30, 2012. The peaceful character of their protest is a matter of public record, documented by various media reports. We are shocked and dismayed at the response of the police forces to these democratic protests.

Kindly read and sign the enclosed petition on the Nonadanga situation.
Click here in order to sign the petition.

You may also read regular coverage of this developing story on our website Sanhati.

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Nepal: Baidya faction protests takeover of cantonments

Posted by redpines on April 10, 2012

Members of the Maoist PLA

The Royal Nepal Army, along with the Armed Police Force (a group trained and backed by US imperialism), have assumed command of the cantonments occupied by the remnants of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army.

The revolutionary faction is strongly condemning this  move as well, placing the blame on the shoulders of Maoist leaders Prachanda and prime minister Bhattarai, and accusing them of a “serious betrayal of the revolution”. The revolutionary faction also seems to have implemented an extensive protest program, mobilizing the people against Bhattarai’s government.

The following article appeared at My Republica.

Betrayal of revolution: Baidya faction

REPUBLICA

KATHMANDU, April 10: Accusing Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai of betraying the revolution, the Maoist radical faction on Wednesday evening called on the people to raise voices against the Special Committee decision to let the Nepal Army (NA) take charge of the PLA cantonments and the weapons containers.

“We strongly condemn the decision. We also appeal to the patriots, republicans, self-esteemed people as well as those who want forward looking changes to jump into action and oppose the move,” said Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel after a meeting of the radical faction in the evening.

The hard-line faction led by Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has termed the move the “height capitulationism and serious betrayal of the revolution in Nepal”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Talk of regenerating rural base areas

Posted by hetty7 on April 1, 2012

This article is from myrepublica.

Be Ready to Encircle Cities – Thapa Tells Cadre

Post B Basnet

Kathmandu, March 28: The Maoist radical faction on Tuesday told party cadres to remain prepared to encircle the cities for an urban insurrection if the country doesn’t see the promulgation of a “pro-people constitution.”

Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa , a key leader from the party’s radical faction, issued the directive from a closed-door session held at Nayabazaar, Kathmandu, to train cadres from the faction.

“We may have to jump into action around May 28 (the constitution drafting deadline). The immediate circumstances will dictate whether such an insurrection will be armed or unarmed,” a participant quoted Thapa as telling the cadres.

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Kiran group forms united front against Bhattarai-led government

Posted by redpines on March 24, 2012

The Himalayan Times reports that the left section of the UCPN(M) has formed a united front with twelve other, smaller, communist parties to oppose the Bhattarai-led government. These plans include mass mobilizations and other protest initiatives. UCPN(M) Chairman Prachanda is still supporting Bhattarai, though his tone had been more critical as of late. We will post more on this situation as it develops. 

Baidhya faction-led front unveils protest programme

3-23-12

KATHMANDU: The united front of various fringe communist outfits and the dissident faction of UCPN-Maoist, led by Mohan Baidhya, on Friday unveiled a three-month struggle programme to exert pressure on the incumbent Dr Baburam Bhattarai-led government for the timely constitution.

Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel, a pillar of the Baidhya faction, has been chosen as the coordinator of the 12-party alliance.

The programme includes collection of signature in all 240 electoral constituencies, wall painting, and submitting memorandum to the Constituent Assembly members asking them to stand for the people’s

federal, democratic and republic constitution among others. Read the rest of this entry »

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