UCPN (Maoist) warns of mass strike from May 2 in Nepal

12:22, April 27, 2010      

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The UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali main opposition, has warned of calling an indefinite general strike starting from May 2 if there was no agreement to ensure peace and constitution by May Day.

"If there was no needful agreement to ensure peace and constitution by the rallies of May 1, our party has decided to call an indefinite political strike from May 2," Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' said Monday reading out an appeal to the people at a press meet and interaction with the media persons.

The strike will continue until an agreement to ensure peace and constitution, he said.

The party has earlier made it public that it would hold mass rallies in key cities across the country including the capital Kathmandu on the occasion of May Day.

The Maoists have been carrying out different protests since May 3 last year demanding the establishment of civilian supremacy, national independence, peace, constitution and formation of a national unity government in their leadership.

A general strike called by the party a few months back for meeting the same demands was withdrawn with the formation of the High Level Political Mechanism.

The main opposition leader affirmed that both the May Day rallies and the general strike would be carried out in a peaceful and democratic manner this year.

"But, if the government tries to crush the movement with violence, it will be responsible for the ensuing situation." he added.

Source: Xinhua


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