Nepal: December 4, 2003

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In the last two days, rebel violence has left at least 36 dead (six police and 30 rebels.) The increase in violence is a rebel reaction to the government refusal to provide a new constitution and limit the kings power. The rebels are trying to mobilize the majority of Nepalese who live in the countryside and are quite poor. The wealthier Nepalese want more democracy, but not a communist dictatorship (which the Maoist rebels are pushing for.) So while the rebels are running a terror campaign out in the countryside, the urban Nepalese argue in parliament, and in the streets, for reforms.

 

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