Opposition strike shuts down Nepal
Opposition protesters clashed with police and set vehicles on fire in Nepal’s capital on Tuesday, as they enforced a nationwide general strike that crippled life throughout the country.
The alliance of 30 opposition parties is demanding the Himalayan nation’s new constitution draft be passed by a national consensus. The ruling coalition has been attempting to get the draft approved through a vote in parliament after negotiations with the opposition failed.
Protesters and police clashed in Katmandu, the capital, on the first day of the three-day strike. Riot police fired tear gas shells, while the protesters retaliated by throwing stones. The demonstrators also set a taxi and a motorcycle on fire.
Nepalese people gather around the wreckage of a car burned by demonstrators during a general strike called by the alliance of 30 opposition parties, demanding the Himalayan nation’s new constitution draft be passed by a national consensus, in Katmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, April 7.