Nepal: Going Nowhere


December 17, 2005: Stalemate continues, with the political parties demanding that their power be restored, the king demanding that the politicians agree on a program for curbing corruption and fighting the Maoists, and the Maoists demanding revolution and a communist dictatorship.

December 16, 2005: The political parties called a general strike in the urban areas to protest the shooting of 14 civilians by a drunk soldiers on the 14th.

December 14, 2005: Some drunk soldiers opened fire on civilians during a Hindu religious festival, killing 14 of them.

December 12, 2005: The army has punished 163 officers and troops for abusing civilians. The Maoists, who have an even worse record, released no data on any disciplinary actions they have taken. The Maoists are known to execute members who do not follow orders.

In eastern Nepal, soldiers found, and destroyed, a large Maoist training camp. Some 200 rebels fled the camp as soldiers approached, but left much equipment behind.

December 11, 2005: The Maoists and the rebels have both been using landmines, and so far there have been about 3,700 landmine casualties (about a third of them fatal.) The rebels use the mines to protect their camps, and restrict government patrols. The government gives the mines out to village militias, to place around the village to keep the Maoists out.


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