The general strike by the Unified Communist of Nepal (Maoist) has been called off.On reason may be that there was too much violence gettting out of control.
From Kasama Project:
Jed Brandt just wrote from the capital (about 12 noon EST, early evening in Nepal):
“Prachanda announces end of general strike. Violence from police and vigilante groups was widespread today. Nobody knows yet what this means – the new terms will be announced at mass meetings across the city tomorrow.”
In short: The news is rapidly spreading in Kathamandu, Nepal: The general strike has been called off. The conditions and reasons are not known yet — to the people gathered in the capital, or to us watching from afar.
Announcements of the strike’s end appeared on Nepali TV.
Three hours earlier Jed wrote:
“Vigilante gangs broke off from civil society peace march, attacking protesters rocks and sticks. Police respond by tear-gassing canteen, beating Maoists who responded to the attack. Hindu-chauvinist groups attack Maoists with police assistance in the Terai, targetting leaders. Don’t believe the mainstream press. They smear the movement, portraying right-wing gangs as local residents and protesters as outsiders.”
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UCPN (M) withdraws general strike 'considering public woes and govt conspiracy'
After choking the nation for six consecutive days, the Unified CPN (Maoist) has decided to end its 'indefinite' general strike.
A meeting of the UCPN (M)'s standing committee held Friday evening at party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's Naya Bazaar residence decided to end the general strike "in view of the difficulties caused by the general strike to ordinary people" and the violent confrontations taking place during the demonstrations.
The party will organise mass meetings followed by demonstrations in the capital other major other cities across the country on Saturday and will picket Singha Durbar on Sunday.
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