Disregarding appeals from the government and international community, Maoists in Nepal on Monday announced their decision to launch an indefinite strike across the country from May 2.
The main opposition party stated that the strike is in protest against government unwillingness to end the political deadlock and ensure logical conclusion of the peace and constitution drafting processes.
"This is not our wish but have been forced to take this step," said United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' at a press conference on Monday evening.
Thousands of Maoist cadres would take part in a massive street demonstration on May 1 in Kathmandu seeking removal of the government and establishment of a national unity government headed by the party.
Reiterating that the demonstration and strike would be peaceful, Prachanda warned the government of dire consequences if it tried to use force to disperse Maoist cadres or prevent them from reaching the capital.