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UCPN-M stages mass street rally in Nepali capital

2009-11-12 05:51:30 GMT2009-11-12 13:51:30 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Prachanda (C Front) waves to the supporters during a protest in front of the government administration building at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Nov. 12, 2009. Nepalese government mobilized hundreds of security forces after the main opposition party UCPN-M blocked the government administration building at Singha Durbar on Thursday, as a part of their second-phase street protests against the president's move on the issue of army chief and to establish civilian supremacy in the country. (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

Nepalese riot police block the road to the main entrance of the Singha Durbar, government administration building, during a protest organized by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Nov. 12, 2009.(Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

Nepalese riot police block the road to the main entrance of the Singha Durbar, government administration building, during a protest organized by the Unified Communist (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

Supporters of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) attends a protest in front of the government administration building at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Nov. 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

Nepalese riot police block the road to the main entrance of the Singha Durbar, government administration building, during a protest organized by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Nov. 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

KATHMANDU, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of members of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) and its sister organizations have gathered around the country's administrative hub Singha Durbar in the capital Kathmandu from early Thursday morning as part of their agitation against the president's move to overrule the erstwhile government's decision to sack the then army chief.

The UCPN-Ms from Kathmandu Valley and nearby districts are staging demonstrations around Singha Durbar.

They have obstructed the movement of vehicles in the area preventing government employees from entering their offices in and around Singha Durbar premises.

Thousands of UCPN-Ms have been brought from various districts in reserved buses to participate in the demonstration. Many of them are still on their way.

UCPN-M's leaders are also participating in the demonstrations.

The UCPN-Ms have said they will make the demonstrations peaceful and not enter the prohibited zone declared earlier.

Yet, the government has deployed thousands of security personnel including those from Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force at the area.

Meanwhile, traffic in downtown Kathmandu has been severely affected due to the demonstrations.

Although, the UCPN-Ms had said they would not disturb the normal functioning of government offices, schools or markets, many schools in Kathmandu have been closed Thursday due to the demonstration.

The main opposition party has protested against the president Ram Baran Yadav's move on May 3 of reinstating the army chief Rookmangud Katawal who had been sacked by the former cabinet led by the party.

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