Nepal: Pay Me The Money


November 10, 2007: Political violence this year has left at least 150 dead, mainly in the volatile south, where ethnic groups are battling the Maoists and government forces. Several hundred government employees in the south have resigned to protest the lack of security. Police are unable to control the large and well organized ethnic militias. The parliament is still deadlocked over the fate of the monarchy and voting issues.

November 9, 2007: In an effort to deal with the growing disorder, the government will recruit 5,000 more police (including 1,500 military police.)

November 6, 2007: Maoists admitted that they had murdered a journalist in the south last month. The Maoists are very eager to control the media, and constantly threaten journalists that refuse to follow the party line. Maoist and ethnic activists are battling for control of communities in the south, where the population is largely related to Indian groups across the border. The ethnic Indians are angry with their lack of power in the national government, and with Maoist attempts to take over. The Maoists don't just want power, in the south and throughout the country, they also want the freedom to expand their extortion racket. The Maoists, like rebels everywhere, impose "revolutionary taxes" on businesses and wealthy individuals. The population in the south has resisted this violently, as have organized groups in various parts of the country. The Maoists have even gone after the families of soldiers, but this has created a backlash from the army as a whole.


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