May protest: Thousands of Nepal Maoists pour in capital

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 16:03

Kathmandu: Thousands of Maoist cadres
started pouring in the capital ahead of a planned anti-
government protest on May 1 aimed at upstaging the ruling
coalition.

As many as 20,000 Maoist cadres are already in the
capital coming from different parts of the country for the
massive show of strength and the subsequent indefinite strike
to topple the government, according to reports.

Dozens of Maoists, who have come in mostly from villages,
are frequently seen walking around in groups in the capital.

Many of them have taken shelter in schools, hostels,
private buildings, factories and other vacant buildings, with
some residents accusing the cadres of forcefully occupying
private buildings. The Maoists have also asked guest houses to
accommodate their cadres.

A cottage and small industry fair had to be cancelled
after the Maoist cadres set camp at the Bhrikutimandap
Exhibition Hall, an organiser said.

Police said six cadres were arrested carrying khukuris or
sharp knives.

The Home Ministry issued a statement asking people to
provide police information about any forceful occupation of
schools, factories, hotels and private buildings.

The Maoists have said they would launch a massive
agitation if the government fails to accept their demands by
May 1.

The government has said it would not hesitate to deploy
the Army if the demonstrations went out of control.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 16:03

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