Thapa rules out unity with UCPN-Maoist
ROLPA: CPN-Maoist General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa today ruled out the possibility of his party unifying with the UCPN-Maoist. “Since the UCPN-Maoist has deviated ideologically, unity with them is not possible,” Thapa told a press conference in Rolpa headquarters Libang. Stating that UCPN-M had ditched people’s revolution in its Hetauda conference, Thapa reiterated that party unity with the UCPN-Maoist was not possible.
Thapa accused UCPN-M of being mired in opportunism and conspiracy. “To say that people’s revolution has come to an end is flawed,” he added. Thapa held that talk of local polls was a conspiracy against federalism. “It is erroneous to hold polls without federalising the country,” he said, adding, the Constituent Assembly would not be able to deliver a new constitution.
33-party alliance to protest price hikes
KATHMANDU: The 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist today announced its protest plan against the government’s decision to increase the prices of commodities, including those of petroleum products. Though the government decided to revoke its decision after pressure from different quarters, with parliamentarians halting House proceedings, the 33-party alliance have announced its protest plan demanding withdrawal of the decision to hike prices of other commodities too.
Asked what the alliance would do if their demand is not met, the coordinator of the 33-party alliance, Dev Gurung, said their protest would continue till the government rolls back its decision to hike prices of other commodities. He, however, said the meeting of the alliance would make necessary adjustment in the protest plans if they deem it necessary. As per the plan, the alliance has decided to hold demonstrations and protest meetings in different cities of the country.
In Kathmandu, the alliance has decided to hold demonstration and protest meetings at Shanti Batika tomorrow afternoon. Similarly, the meeting of the alliance held today at the party headquarters of the CPN-M also decided to hold an hourlong sit-in protest at Bhadrakali and in front of the district administration offices across the country. The alliance has been saying price hikes of commodities have affected the general public.
Police detain extreme-left suspect in Kärrtorp riot
“We will continue the investigation and will give more information as soon as possible,” prosecutor Tove Kullberg said in a statement on Friday. Swedish police revealed earlier this week that it suspected five persons with alleged ties to extreme-left organizations for playing part in the altercation in Kärrtorp, southern Stockholm, in December. All five are suspected of rioting, with the man born 1988 who was detained in absentia on Friday facing an additional attempted manslaughter probe.
Greece: Clashes outside minister’s office during protest against axed state jobs
ATHENS, Greece – Greek riot police clashed with protesters who gathered outside the office of a government minister Thursday, the second day of a nationwide civil servants’ strike. Police reported no arrests or injuries and said the minister wasn’t present. The clashes occurred outside the private central Athens office of Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, where protesters remained for several hours and reached the roof of the apartment building. Greece’s bailout lenders have demanded extensive public sector staff cuts, and this week reached an agreement with the government for continued cuts and austerity taxes in exchange for restarting rescue loan payments.
Wildcat strike halts fuel dispatch from Dominican Republic refinery
Santo Domingo.- Fuel deliveries from the Dominican Petroleum Refinery have been halted since early Thursday, as its truckers’ union stage a surprise walkout. Union spokesman Franklin Mateo said the protest stems from the arrest of three of its leaders, including general secretary Clemente Molina in San Pedro during another protest yesterday against the company Gas Caribe, owned by Raisa Rodríguez.
Protest: Bowen student vandalise 20 vehicles, loot shops
Students of the Bowen University, Iwo,Osun State protested against power outage and lack of water supply in one of the new hostels in the school on Thursday. No fewer than 20 vehicles were damaged by the students who were also said to have looted some shops on the campus. The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr. Gboyega Aderoju, told our correspondent that although the situation had been brought under control, the school had been shut down till April 1.