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"This movement will not end until we have a democratic republic."




KIRAN PANDAY

It looks like the size of the movement has reduced after some
partners reached government posts?
One need not worry about the size of the movement. This is not a competition for power but a struggle driven by ideology and beliefs. There might be fewer people involved, but the main issue is to free ourselves from the slavery of monarchy. That some people leave the movement to help the state does not diminish the impact of the movement. The sit-in on 26 July proves this.

Why are you still on the road when others have left?
This is a journey and we have not felt abandoned. We have been spurred on by the concerns of thousands of civilians who fear that the movement might become diffuse and that regressive forces could profit from that.

But party workers have left the movement?
Members from all parties participated in the sit-in. People who know them know that they did. I did not feel good about Maoist student organisation cadres coming with flags and shouting party slogans. Our appeal to all is not to carry party flags and banners in civil society movements.

What is the aim of the citizens' movement?
What I understood from last year was that there were many who were satisfied with King Gyanendra leaving power, restoring democracy and parliament. That is their right. But the people's movement is for a democratic republic. Until that is achieved the movement will go on.


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