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"Third revolution"



Maoist leader and head of the Revolutionary International Movement - Nepal, Netrabikram Chand 'Biplab' spoke to Janadisha. Translated excerpts:

Janadisha: The Maoists couldn't fulfill their own 40 demands when they were in power, how come you're demanding even more, 45, of this government?
Netrabikram Chand 'Biplab': People are under the illusion that we ignored those 40 demands when we were in power. That's totally false. It's true that we couldn't do everything, but we made progress on the important demands. This government, on the other hand, has ignored them totally. Unlike us, they haven't taken the initiative to correct the country's problems.

What are this front's short-term and long-term goals?
First, the current governmental system isn't working, so it needs to be reformed. We want that to happen immediately. Secondly, we have to address people's livelihoods, insecurity, political instability, the epidemic raging in the west and rising prices. Thirdly, this government lacks legal and moral legitimacy so it needs to be replaced with a government that people actually want. We are totally focused on this.

People are worried that these protests will endanger the peace. What do you think?
This is only a rumour. This movement will end violence and instability. It will empower parties and organisations that work for the people. Our protests aren't going to endanger the peace, they will strengthen it.

The other parties have been saying that the Maoist protests are illegitimate.
That's the opinion of a reactionary, status-quoist and puppet government. In the public's eyes, this movement is perfectly legitimate. People started demanding a 'third revolution' when the government ascended to power unconstitutionally.

Is a third revolution necessary?
Certainly, because people's hopes and aspirations haven't been met yet. Unless these hopes are met, there will be another revolution.



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