Nepal UCPN (M) withdraws general strike 'considering public woes and govt conspiracy'

Posted Date : 2010-05-07


After choking the nation for six consecutive days, the Unified CPN (Maoist) has decided to end its 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.

"We have decided to stop the general strike considering the difficulty caused to the ordinary people, and also in view of the conspiracy hatched by this government to instigate violence. But we have not stopped our people's movement-III," Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal told media persons after the meeting.

Describing the 22-party government as a "curse to the nation", the Maoist chairman, however, claimed that the protests were not aimed just to get the party in the power.

The Maoist party had enforced nationwide general strike from Sunday, a day after a it staged a major demonstration in the capital. The general strike brought the nation to a complete halt with transportation services, industries, educational institutions and marketplaces remaining closed down while the bandh was starting to cause shortage of food and vegetables in the capital and outside.

Initially, the demonstrations were largely peaceful, but as the general strike went on, there was increasing violence between the Maoist agitators and those defying the bandh.

Earlier today on Friday, thousands of people participated in a peace rally organized by the Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) at Basantapur, calling for immediate solution to the political stand-off.