Protest after March if CA not dissolved: Baidya
CHITWAN, Jan 23.: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya has threatened to launch protest programs if the major political parties keep on turning a deaf ear to his party´s demand for the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (CA). Speaking at a program organized by Revolutionary Journalists Federation (RJF) at Narayangadh in Chitwan, Baidya renewed his call to the parties to forge national consensus through an all-party roundtable conference. He, however, informed that the agitating party would not launch strong protest as of now. “We will concentrate on building our party organization for three months,” he said.
“We will then move on with our protest if our demands are not addressed.” He argued that if the parties do not agree to dissolve the new CA, protest would become inevitable since the assembly cannot promulgate a new constitution of people´s choice. Baidya also informed that the party would hold peaceful protest even though the party is in favor of people´s revolution. Baidya also argued that the new CA wherein Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML enjoy majority is most likely to restore the constitution of 1990. He went on to claim that this CA cannot deliver even a “revisionist constitution” due to the dispute among political parties elected to the assembly. “We have fought against revisionist parties for ten years,” he said.
“But they have still secured two-thirds majority in this CA. This shows that there is no chance of drafting a progressive statute from this CA,” said Baidya. Baidya also ruled out the probability of party unity with the UCPN (Maoist). “There is no chance for uniting with them since they have deviated from the revolution since their Hetauda general convention,” he said. “If they switch to our political line for people´s revolution, we shall be positive about the party unity.” Baidya further said that his party was more positive about unity with fringe communist parties at this juncture.
Violence breaks out at Amcu strike
RUSTENBURG – Clashes have broken out between striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members and mine security at Anglo Platinum’s Khuseleka shaft this morning. The clashes erupted when the miners started gathering on the second day of their wage strike. Workers claim they were provoked by mine security during a mass meeting at the shaft. The roads have been blocked with rocks and a police nyala is patrolling the area.
Israeli forces clash with Palestinians in Beit Ummar, arrest 1
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided a village in the southern West Bank late Thursday, a popular committee spokesman said. After entering Beit Ummar, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas during clashes with Palestinians, Muhammad Ayyad told Ma’an.
Four killed during Indonesian security operation in Papua
Three Indonesian guerillas and a soldier were killed in an exchange of gunfire in the latest bout of violence in Papua province, home to a US-owned mine. The clash broke out on Friday when about 25 soldiers and police launched a security operation in the separatist stronghold of Puncak Jaya, a spokesperson for the Indonesian army said. A rebel spokesman could not be reached for comment.