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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Live from Nepal: General Strike is On & the People are Ready

From Kasama Project:

by Jed Brandt

Late into the night, after a long day of May First, Kathmandu: I just left the Radisson Hotel where negotiations had been going on. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, a top leader of the Maoists and their negotiating team, came out the doors to say that the three negotiating parties have not reached an agreement. The general strike is on.
Other in attendance at the negotiations included Congress and UML. The hated, isolated current prime minister MK Nepal will not resign.
Bhattarai was sharp and direct. Since they will not make way for a national unity government, the agitations will increase tomorrow with a national general strike to topple the unpopular and unelected government.
A City Filled for May First, and for Struggle
The May First rally today was well over 500,000.
It was so large that it overflowed the Martyr’s Field and stretched for at least a mile to the north and south. The crowd was so large that it was between 500,000 and a million. The spirit was jubulent, serious, sober. The people are ready.
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