Despite the apparent change in shift towards peaceful Nepal, Maoists in Nepal have not left out the old methods of coercion back in the jungles. They still involve themselves in forcing people to attend their programs. Previously they forced people to join their army, now they force people to attend their mass meetings. Either way, coercion is their lifeline. Himalayan times writes:
Passengers were left stranded here on Monday after the Maoists forced them off their vehicles to participate in a mass meet organised in Phidim, the district headquarters.Besides the passengers, the Maoists also took with them two members of each family of the rural areas in the district, locals said.Pilgrims bound for Pathivara were also left in lurch. After forcing all passengers out of commuter buses and cargo trucks, the Maoists captured the vehicles, said a pilgrim, who was forced to walk for 18 hours from Gopetar of Panchthar to Phidim. Some people left for their destinations on foot, he said.
How can we trust these people when they don’t know the meaning of democracy? In the name of freedom of assembly and speech, they are forcing people to attend their programmes. As said in the text above, people have suffered a lot and these freaks don’t give a damn about it. When will they learn to respect the rights of people? If they are to involve themselves into such activities, how are we to trust them? A big question mark …?
(source:Himalayan Times http://www.thehimalayantimes.com)