While former Maoist rebels—the half of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed on 21 November 2006—has been on nationwide general strike with a demand to form a government of national consensus with the determination of constitution drafting schedule, Nepal government headed by Madhav Kumar Nepal has publicly declared a plan to commit crimes against humanity.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Defense Minister Biddhya Bhandari and Home Minster Bhim Rawal have openly asked their party workers and non-political mercenaries to attack and massacre thousands of ordinary people, who are in the streets to protest against the anti-peace process government.
In response to their call, heavily funded mercenaries guided by their party workers have started assaulting passers-by in different areas in Kathmandu. So far, they have murdered two Maoist cadres.
Human rights workers and civil society leaders have strongly objected to this state-sponsored terror in Nepal.
Although the government has been chanting the slogan of peaceful dialogue, it has been mobilizing its plain-clothed security personnel to provoke violence so as to take suppressive steps.
About half a million Maoists and their supporters—mostly working class people—have been demonstrating in Kathmandu in a manner unprecedentedly peaceful and well-managed.
One superintendent of police told this reporter that government has given them authority to fire at masses even if a single piece of stone is hurled at them.
Despite nationwide strike and massive protests against the ‘puppet government,’ as Maoists call it, the prime minister has still refused to step down. He has instead threatened to mobilize Nepal Army against the peaceful demonstrators.
Maoists have not yet made public what special program they would organize on the day 6 of their general strike across the country.
If the government is determined to incite all rightist and criminal gangs against the peaceful protesters, the world is likely to register it as a crime against humanity—something similar to the fascist era.
Most ordinary people have calculated the Maoist entry into the peace process as something worth welcoming, while the ruling elites and conservative and rightist forces, who previously ruled under monarchy, have isolated Maoists as an odd number. People fear it may revoke civil war.