Maoists lay siege to Nepal capital

Former rebels continue protests aimed at pulling down current government.

    Maoists staged a protest earlier this week in front of a government building in Kathmandu [AFP]

    Earlier this week, hundreds of Maoists staged a sit-in protest in front of a government building in the capital.

    The Maoists want the current government to resign.

    The former rebels, who fought a decade-long civil war with the state before winning elections, stepped down in May 2008 after Ram Baran Yadav, the Nepalese president, overruled their attempt to sack the army chief.

    Since then, the Maoists have sought a reversal of the ruling and a public apology from Yadav, a member of the rival Nepali Congress party whom they accuse of acting unconstitutionally.

    The Maoists also accuse the government of opposing the integration of thousands of activists into the national army, a key component of the peace deal under which the Maoists laid down their arms three years ago.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    Holding onto Hoxha: Guarding the last statue of communist Albania

    In the basement of an old museum in a village in Albania, a 78-year-old woman protects the last remnant of a dictator.

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Still Here: A story of incarceration and gentrification in the US

    Many formerly imprisoned women of colour return to neighbourhoods transformed beyond recognition. What awaits them?

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The 'risky business' of tracking Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga

    The former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda discusses the hunt for genocide suspects.