Eyewitness to the Revolution in Nepal Touring NZ
The first communist revolution of the 21st century is unfolding in Nepal. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is leading the workers, peasants and oppressed in a movement that seeks nothing less than a whole new world. Ever since the destruction of the Soviet Union, the ruling class has told us that communism is dead. Unfortunately for them, the people of this small, desperately poor country do not appear to be listening. From the new pamphlet Revolution in Nepal by Alastair Reith and Mike Ely
Between 1996 and 2006 the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) staged an armed peoples war against the Nepali state. After the overthrow of the despotic King Gyanendra in 2006 by a mass uprising, the Maoists started to take part in elections. In 2008 they won the most votes in Nepal's Constituent Assembly in 2008 and formed a government. The Maoists began a campaign of land reform and moves to improve the status of women. However, the Maoists resigned from government after Nepal's Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal (a Maoist) had his decision to sack the head of the army overturned by Nepal's ceremonial President (a bit like their equivalent of NZ's Governor General). Since then there have been clashes in the streets between Maoist activists, as well as other Nepalis angry at the President's interference with democracy, with the police and army.
Eyewitness to revolution speaking tour: March 21st to 26th
Ben Peterson, a young Australian socialist who recently visited Nepal, will be touring New Zealand to speak about the Maoists' struggle.
Sunday 21 to Monday 22 March - Auckland
2pm @ Auckland Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.
• Monday 22 March - Auckland
1pm @ Function Room (over Quad café), Auckland University.
• Tuesday 23 March – Hamilton & Rotorua
1-2pm (followed by discussion) @ SUB G.20 (Guru Phabians room), Student Union
Building, Waikato University, Hamilton.
7.30pm @ Ghandi Hall, 16 Gibson Street, (opp ten-pin bowling alley), Rotorua.
Wednesday 24 March - Wellington
6pm @ Newtown Community Centre, 1 Columbo Street, Wellington.
Thursday 25 March - Dunedin
1pm @ University Union Main Common Room, Dunedin University.
7pm @ Knox Church Hall, George Street, Dunedin.
Friday 26 March - Christchurch
1pm @ Steed Meeting Room (next to the International Room), UCSA building,
• Saturday 27 March – Christchurch
7:30pm @ WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.