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Updated: May 8, 2010 17:48 IST

Massive peace assembly amid Maoist strike

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A section of the people at the peace assembly held in Kathmandu against the Maoists' strike. Photo : Prerana Marasini
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A section of the people at the peace assembly held in Kathmandu against the Maoists' strike. Photo : Prerana Marasini

Asking the UCPN (Maoist) to forge consensus among political parties and withdraw the indefinite strike, a massive peace assembly was held in Kathmandu on Friday.

In a late development, the Maoists withdrew the indefinite general strike they called on Sunday. The withdrawal comes after the party faced immense pressure from all sectors.

Earlier, speakers at the peace assembly, attended by thousands of people, said they did not elect leaders to trouble the citizens, but to respect their feelings. The speakers asked political parties to come to an agreement in two days' time and ease the situation. The assembly was attended by doctors, engineers, celebrities, lawyers, teachers, students, engineers, journalists and the common people. Most people were dressed in white, carried the national flag and held placards with messages like “stop the bandh” and “we want peace.”

However, as the strike entered the sixth day, senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai said his party would rather change the nature of the protest now than withdraw it. On the other hand, the major coalition partner of the CPN (UML)-led government maintained that there can be no change in the government through the pressure created by the Maoists.

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners have expressed concern about the problems created by the prolonged strike in this donor-dependent country.

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Dear nation
Regards to elders and love to youngers

I am not satisfaction with poltics and poltics leader because the poltics leader always loking their seat not to peopels who are waiting for pecefull.I want our nation will be high/strength than other contry.We have been lots of thinks such as watter forest fertility land and powerfull nepali wages.I always thinking to change our nation activity such as IT sectore to be devloped.We need good education and their used.Please do not fight with each other .We need gather all nepali comunist party to devloped our nation.I like Dr.Baburam vatarai because his talant mind and changeable vision .

I want peacefull Nepal and happy all nepalies botherhod.We want to do work hard in my nepal if nation required.I have to suggest to all nepali camunist party need to unity.I do not have poltical experience but i am suggesting to all nation wide to gather each other and do the job for nation not for ourself.

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from:  megharaj subedi
Posted on: May 9, 2010 at 12:18 IST

Triumph of people's will against an indoctrinated party imposing its dictat.

from:  Sitaram P. Byahut
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 12:11 IST
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