How Many Maoists Does It Take To…
Here’s some photos from yesterday (Nepal 17 March 2009), where Maoist protesters – or whatever they were – pretty much closed down all central parts of Kathmandu. Officially, a protest program against the president who they say have made a “constitutional coup”. Well, whatever their official explanation are, why trust them anymore? The last couple of weeks they’ve really been “stepping in the spinach” again and again (-sorry, a Danish expression that I don’t know exactly how to translate. But you get the point, right…).
So ok, how many Maoists does it take to close down a capital city?
You know, I bet the Maoist leaders have been wondering about that! Just in case they have to fall back to Plan B, you know, “Peoples War, Part 2”, urban combat… My own guess, this mass meet wasn’t actually organized so that the party bosses could step up on the podium and fire the usual round of allegations against -conveniently unnamed and unproven- some “foreign masters” and “reactionary forces hatching conspiracies”. No, it was a “military exercise”. How many “troops” do we need? How long time does it take to mobilize them? Infrastructure. Channels of communication. Crowd control of all the “useful idiots” – like Lenin called them. Call me paranoid tonight, but hey, would you put it passed them to think those thoughts?
I’m not saying the Maoists are about to strike. I don’t think so at all. Just keeping their options open.