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NEPAL REVOLUTION

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    A village girl watches a celebration to mark the 9th anniversary of the start of the Maoist revolution in the village of Pipal, Nepal.
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    A Maoist rebel soldier wearing a Britney Spears t-shirt stands among a battalion of other soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, First Brigade, Mid Division during a drill in a schoolyard in the village of Gairigaon.
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    Laxmi Shahi, 31, who fled a Maoist controlled area of Nepal, nurses a child while another refugee picks lice out of her hair in the Kirin Khola Camp for internally displaced persons.
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    Royal Nepal Army troops, police and sand bags protect a statue of the king in Nepalgunj ahead of a civic visit by His Majesty King Gyanendra Shah.
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    A police officer killed by Maoist rebels is readied for cremation at the Pasupatinath Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Eleven police officers were killed in Thankot, 9 km from Kathmandu, when the rebels attacked the police checkpoint that marks the entrance to the Kathmandu Valley.
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    Pro-democracy protesters carry a demonstrator who was shot in the head and killed by riot police during clashes in the Kalanki neighborhood of Kathmandu. At least three people were killed in Kathmandu when pro-democracy protesters defied curfew orders and rallied against King Gyanendra's absolute rule.
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    A pro-democracy protester grips a looted police baton while furniture from a government office burns behind him in Kathmandu.
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    A photograph of King Gyanendra falls into a ditch strewn with other items tossed in by rioters in Kathmandu.
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    Maoist rebel soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, P.L.A., stretch during their early morning physical training at a cantonment in Nawalparasi, Nepal. The P.L.A. have been in U.N. monitored camps since a peace deal between the Maoists and Nepal's other political parties was agreed to in the Spring of 2006.
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    A crowd of supporters listen to Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who goes by the nom de guerre Prachanda, as he speaks at a campaign rally in Kirtipur on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
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    Maoists celebrate the abolition of the monarchy and the declaration of Nepal as a federal republic by lighting candles in the shape of a hammer and sickle in Kathmandu. The Maoists started their revolution against the Shah Dynasty in 1996 and fought for a decade to topple the monarchy by force. In 2006, they reached an agreement with other political parties to remove the monarchy through a combination of street protests and eventually, elections.
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    A Maoist rebel soldier wearing a Britney Spears t-shirt stands among a battalion of other soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, First Brigade, Mid Division during a drill in a schoolyard in the village of Gairigaon.
Nepal Revolution

Inspired by the revolutionary playbook of Mao Zedong, Nepal’s rebels launched their quest to overthrow the Hindu monarchy by building an army of the poor and dispossessed. Turning low caste villagers and disenfranchised women into guerrilla soldiers, they spread their “People’s War” across Nepal. More than 13,000 were killed in the fighting. Eventually other political parties joined their cause, launching joint street protests that finally toppled the king. In 2008 Nepal was declared a republic and elected the Maoist guerrilla leader, Comrade Prachanda, as the first Prime Minister.

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