Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bangladesh: International anti-imperialism conference


Dhaka, Nov 25 (—Former prime minister of Nepal and chairman of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is coming to Dhaka on Saturday to join an anti-imperialism international conference. 

Representatives from 27 countries, including former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) leader Manik Mukherjee are scheduled to attend the conference, co-organiser Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSaD) general secretary Khalequzzaman said at a press briefing on Friday. 

BaSaD is organising the three-day conference, to be held from Sunday, jointly with Anti-imperialist and People's Solidarity Coordinating Committee (IAPSCC). 

This is the third anti-imperialism international conference. The other two were held in India and Lebanon. 

Khalequzzaman said issues on imperialist aggression in several countries will be discussed in the conference. The 31st founding anniversary of BaSaD will also be celebrated, he added. 

Prachanda was a former guerrilla who led the Communist Party of Nepal (M) when it launched an insurgency in 1996. In 2008 the ensuing civil war culminated in the overthrow of the Shah dynasty. More than 15,000 Nepalese had died the conflict. 

The Constituent Assembly elected Prachanda prime minister of Nepal in August 2008 and he resigned from the post in May 2009 after his attempt to sack General Rookmangud Katawal, the army chief, was opposed by president Ram Baran Yadav.

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