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Maoists announce blockade, attacks begin today

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, March 14, IRNA
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The Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoists) announced Sunday that it would intensify attacks on the royal government through a nationwide program of road blockades and that strikes begin Monday.

A statement signed by Maoists' chief Prachanda and e-mailed to various newspapers said the party would step up its military action against the government and called for local level economic blockades and transport strike from March 14 to April 1 and country-wide general strike from April 2 to April 12.

"Our party has announced a mass mobilization of our activists and stepped up military offensives, strikes and blockades on a local and regional level," the rebel leader said in the statement.

The Maoist President also expressed his party's willingness to join hand with political parties to launch a joint struggle against the Royal government.

The Maoists actions from tomorrow would coincide with a "massive protest" against royal coup that five political parties have planned.

However, the political parties have already ruled out the possibility of joining hand with the Maoists unless they give up arms.

Maoists have been fighting for a radical change in the political structure of Nepal which revolves around the King as the source of power. The King suspended democracy on February 1 this year citing deterioration in the law and order situation due to the violence and destructive activities carried out by the Maoists. However, Maoists have not really spelt out clearly the nature of the political structure that want.

While the Maoists have been very loud in their demand for democracy, they are yet to pronounce the details of the political framework they envision for Nepal.

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