Nepalese police have arrested over a hundred members, known as “cadres”, of the CPN (M), a hardline, far-left party, in response to a nationwide strike over rising food prices and food security.
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) November 13, 2016
Nepal is a relatively impoverished nation that has suffered through famines and shortages of food. The CPN (M), or Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is a hard-line Maoist breakaway faction of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre).
The CPN(M) party derives its support primarily from the harsh, famine-wracked portions of western Nepal.
The party has taken to the streets to protest price hikes in essential goods, venting their anger and frustration over the food security conditions in the country.
VIDEO: Netra Bikram Chand, Secretary General of the CPN(M), a Nepalese Maoist party rouses a crowd.
A large number of security personnel have been deployed in the capital, Kathmandu, as protestors were arrested for destruction and vandalization of private and public property.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), not to be confused with the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) in power, kicked off protests on Sunday, resulting in stores and schools the following day to close its doors.
The cold war may be over, but in Nepal, the revolutionary struggle lives on.