I couldn’t believe this. Bruce Loudon is no relation, by the way.
Nepal’s Maoist movement has gays in its sights. This article comes from a mainstream Australian paper, but for confirmation of its claims from left-wing sources see:
Gays are a capitalist pollutant: Maoists
January 06, 2007
NEPAL’S Maoist guerillas, on the brink of achieving effective government power in the Himalayan kingdom, have turned their attention to so-called “social pollutants” and denounced homosexuals as “a by-product of capitalism“.
Emerging from a decade of fighting government forces, the insurgents have launched a clean-up drive against polygamy, polyandry, infidelity, drunkenness and homosexuality — even though many gays were previously aligned with the Maoists against the autocratic rule of the widely despised King Gyanendra.
Maoist cadres, seen regularly on the streets of Kathmandu as they move towards taking over key roles in the Government under a peace accord worked out with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, have warned home owners not to let out rooms to gays and lesbians.
They have also announced “a zero-tolerance policy towards homosexuality” and a crackdown on pornographic films.
A Maoist commander allegedly told a group of gay men: “We are against any aberrant activity that could have a negative and vitiating effect on society.”
And when members of the gay rights group Blue Diamond Society met Maoist leader Dev Gurung, he reportedly said homosexuality was a by-product of capitalism. “Under Soviet rule and when China was still very much a communist state, there were no homosexuals in the Soviet Union or China,” Mr Gurung is reported to have said.
“Now they are moving towards capitalism, homosexuals may have arisen there as well. So homosexuality is a product of capitalism. Under socialism this kind of problem does not exist.”
According to India’s IANS news service, when the Blue Diamond Society members met other Maoist leaders to complain that homosexuals were under attack from Maoist cadres, the reaction was “disheartening“.
Amrita Thapa, general secretary of the Maoist women’s association, told a conference recently that homosexuals were unnatural and were “polluting” society.
New Zeal As Don Franks and his Workers Party are strong supporters of the Nepali Maoists, I’d be very interested in their reaction to this news.
Looks to me that Nepal might be heading for a (hopefully softer) version of the Pol Pot treatment.