Op­po­si­tion strike shuts down Nepal

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

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.

AP

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.

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