The banner reads: Shahi ghosana dhoka ho [Royal proclamation is a Betrayal].
Maoist student organization is organizing a mass meeting in the heart of Kathmandu as we are writing these lines. Rallies from different parts of the city have reached Khula Manch, the mass meeting venue. Pics by Wagle
Shahid ko ragat ke bhanchha
Ganatantra le bhanchha
[Blood of the martyrs demands republicanism in Nepal]
That was the most chanted slogan in a rally that went from Tinkune half an hour ago. The destination of the rally? Khula Manch (open air theater) of course where a pro-Maoist student organization is holding a mass meeting. I saw a Nepali Congress flag in the rally in which participants were shouting slogans like Nisart sambidhan sabha ghosana gar [Declare unconditional Constituent Assembly], Shahi sena kharej gar, rastriya sena ghosana gar [Scrap the royal army, announce the national army]. My personal guess is that the char tare (four star) flag carrier was not a Nepali Congress activist. The rally was different form that of the previous one- organized by the Seven Party Alliance. And that is obvious because today’s rally is organized by All Nepal National Free Student Union Revolutionary (ANNFSU-R).
The placard reads: Announce all party government, announce unconditional constituent assembly.
Journalists and observers are talking about how Maoists manage to get into the recent spectacular protest programs that forced King Gyanendra to restore the Parliament that he dissolved in suspicious circumstances. “In many places,” an editor with in depth knowledge about the insurgency told me. “I saw Maoist cadres managing the crowd and organizing rallies.” Then the editor talked about an incident in Ghattekulo where pro-Maoists activists organized an ‘all party’ corner meeting where their own cadres represented the other political parties!
Messenger of Comrade Prachanda: A few people like this man were distributing pamphlets with appeals from Maoist chairman Prachanda and leader Baburam Bhattarai.
All other flags in the rally were Sickly and Hammer communist ones. A few determined activists in the rally were distributing pamphlets that have two appeals on two sides direct from the Maoist party. At the end of one side is jointly signed by Maoist chairman Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai. On the other side is signed by Prachanda alone. The title of the appeal reads: “Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)/ Central Committee/Appeal.” Date for the joint signature appeal is 12 Baishak 2063 (25 April) where as the other is dated 26 April. One banner in the rally read: Shahi ghosana dhoka ho [Royal proclamation is a Betrayal].
Char Tare in the ANNFSU-R rally?
Reading the message from the comrade.