Nepal Maoists mark 20 years since start of civil war

Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu
Members of the All Nepal Free Student Union Revolutionary movement, a sister wing of the Unified Maoist party, take part in a rally to mark the 21st People’s War Day in Kathmandu on Saturday. — AFP photo

Members of the All Nepal Free Student Union Revolutionary movement, a sister wing of the Unified Maoist party, take part in a rally to mark the 21st People’s War Day in Kathmandu on Saturday. — AFP photo

Nepal’s former Maoist rebels paid tribute to fallen comrades Saturday in a ceremony marking 20 years since the start of an insurgency that transformed the Himalayan nation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic.
On 13 February, 1996, Maoist guerrillas attacked a police post in western Nepal’s Rolpa district, launching a decade-long civil war that eventually claimed some 16,000 lives and left hundreds of people missing.
Hundreds of Maoist cadres gathered at the party’s office in Kathmandu, waving red flags as senior leaders placed garlands on the ‘martyr’s pillar’ – a monument built to honour fallen and missing combatants.

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