Saturday, February 2, 2008

Extortion drive terrorises refugees

Source: The Himalayan Times

Bhutanese refugees at all three camps in Damak’s Beldangi were terror-stricken as Bhutan’s outlawed party the Bhutan Communist Party (MLM) launched its extortion drive there. The representative of the outlawed party started collecting money saying that the funds will be utilised for waging a people’s war in Bhutan, said a refugee at Beldangi-3. However, he said the refugees were asked to pay depending on their capacity.

Even teachers at the refugee camp were reportedly asked to cough up money. The BCP (MLM) was divided into two factions after a dispute sometime ago. General secretary of the breakaway group Bikalpa, issuing a press release today, claimed that they were not behind the extortion drive.
He also alleged that Birat faction was engaged in the extortion drive.
The statement said that people’s rights will not be revived in Bhutan till the monarchy remains there, and added that his party is the genuine one and is attempting to wage the people’s war in Bhutan.

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