Neither curfew, tear gas, nor King Gyanendra’s offer to give up control of the state stemmed the fury of his subjects on Saturday, as protesters, for the first time in 17 days of demonstrations, broke through police lines to pierce the ancient heart of the city, reaching within a few blocks of Narayanhiti Palace.
The Maoists control much of the countryside, and indeed, have set up working provisional governments. Once the King flees the county, the battle for political supremacy between the various factions will begin. Right now, they’re in a loose coalition despite differences.
PS The Maoists are home-grown, not allied with China, and active in India also.