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General strikes, raids, and arrests: a storm in Nepal
Kasama is sharing a compilation of news reports amidst a ten day nation-wide strike underway in Nepal. For more background, see November 19: Nepal's revolution re-emerges! Support their moves for liberation!
Nepal CA election update – 4th day
This first appeared on Ignite - South Asia.
For the first time in Nepal’s history, the general strike called by 33-party-alliance led by CPN-Maoist became a huge success as the strike witnessed no cadres on field but transportation, business, industries, academic houses were shut down completely with public participation.
Seeing the successes of the first day, the government started arresting selected cadres from all over Nepal to defunct the strike. More than 52 cadres and sympathizers were detained. Most of them in the middle of the night, from their homes, without any warrant papers. There have been numerous raids in almost every active member’s house which has played a part in terrorizing the general public.
A scene of terror can be felt while walking through the streets of most major cities in Nepal. Not just regular Nepal police officers but a heavily armed police force along with Nepal army soldiers can be spotted in every alleys and street corners these days.Under the guise of the Unified Security Plan for the elections, scheduled for November 19, the army has deployed more than 61,000 soldiers all over the country.
This is the second time in Nepalese history that people have witnessed the army this publicly. The first one was during the elections called by then King Gyanendra.
Despite heavy security deployment, news of bombs and explosives are in all major headlines throughout the entire country. Many of them were found to be carried out by unidentified groups. Others are blamed as carried out by the members of CPN-Maoists. But the party headquarters has denied such claims and called it a conspiracy to deflate the movement.
Ready for arrest: Baidhya
This first appeared on Ignite - South Asia
CPN-Maoist Chairperson Mohan Baidhya “Kiran” has said today that he is ready to get arrested if necessary. He mentioned that if the government is getting ready to arrest him, he will welcome it. While speaking to reporters today he mentioned that the party was not responsible for the bombs that have been going off in various districts all over Nepal. He holds the current government and the four parties responsible for the anger that stems from people and mentioned that it is natural for angry citizens to then fight back with fire.
His comments come at a crucial time when police and army repression against CPN-Maoist cadres and supporters has largely increased. There has been arrests and harassment’s all over the country. Teachers, activists and independent reporters are being targeted. Mainstream media is largely biased and there is no fair reporting coming out.
We will be reporting from the Ignite Magazine website in English as an alternative news site for the upcoming elections. Keep checking our site for updates.
Police raid houses of 6 CPN-M leaders
From Nepal News.
Police here carried out raids at the houses of six CPN-Maoist leaders and cadres last night.
A special team deployed from the District Police Office, Siraha carried out the raid at the house of Ram Narayan Singh, the party's district secretary at Lalpur-d, Dipesh Lama, the party's district joint in-charge at Jamadaha-9, Sambhu Saha, the party's leader at Lalpur-4 and Rajesh Ram, a journalist considered close to the CPN-Maoist at Lahan-8.
Police said the raid was carried out to arrest the leaders and confiscate Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at their houses if any. But the police could not find any of these leaders or any explosives at their houses in course of the raid, it is learnt.
"People in plainclothes who identified themselves as police barged in our house in the night and started searching the nooks and corners of the house. Angered by not finding any prohibited materials, they also took away some books and a motorcycle with them," said Pārbati Chaudhary, wife of journalist Ram.
CPN-Maoist's Lahan Town In-charge, Bijaya Gupta, accused the security personnel who conducted the raid at journalist Ram's house, of taking a motorcycle [Sa 3 Pa 5555], a laptop, a golden necklace and some books.Gupta denounced the raid carried out by the administration in an inhuman manner. He alleged the security forces of naked suppression of his party leaders and cadres although his party was boycotting the Constituent Assembly election in a peaceful manner.