In what is widely considered as the show of their force, Maoists are organizing rallies and mass meeting in Kathmandu that many believe will be the biggest the city has ever seen. Maoist sympathizers and ‘forcefully invited’ people from all over the country have assembled in the capital city. Rallies have started from different parts of the city. People are shouting anti-monarchy, pro-republican slogans. One rally that started a few minutes ago from Tinkune is moving fast toward the city center where it will merge with other rallies and gather in the open air theater. Very few city people are in the rallies. Most of them seem to be coming from villages. (details will be posted later in the day)
Who might have called him? A Maoist volunteer talks on his cell phone holding party flag with his left hand. Several volunteers like him were leading a rally. All pics by Wagle
The volunteers: There are about five thousands volunteers mobilized by the Special Command of the Maoist party, the organizer of today’s rally, say media reports. They are wearing a t-shirt with an imprint of Prachanda’s photo and hammer and sickle on the front and the word Swoyamsebak (volunteer) written on the back. They are supposed to manage the rallies and the mass meeting. They are also given the charge of maintaining peace in the mass meeting venue and preventing anyone heading northward (toward the royal palace) from Open Air Theater after the mass meeting is finished. There is a huge presence of Armed Police Force in key areas like on the Mahendra Salik (on King’s Way) and in front of the main gate of Singha Durbar.
An intruder in the volunteers’ camp? But he is a Maoist too. Volunteers were shouting slogans and leading the rallies.
So these are the Maoists? I though they would carry guns and stay in jungle? Here I am seeing them marching on the streets of Kathmandu. What the hell are they doing over here? Has the war been won? Have they been inspired by the recent April Revolution that forced king Gyanendra to give up power? If so, have they changed their stand?
-A city boy after watching a Maoist rally in New Baneshwor. He didn’t want to be named or photographed.
This man was apparently enjoying the walk over the hot road.
Revolutionary Girls? Might be but definitely not the Maoists. They are not participating in the rally but going somewhere. Probably in a friend’s house. As Maoists were walking on the main road in Tinkune, they are walking aside occasionally glancing at the rally.
Privileged comrades? While thousands were walking on the street, these Maoists were riding bike.