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Nepalese Strike Shuts Down the Capital

Defying a ban on public gatherings, about 15,000 people marched in downtown Katmandu on Monday demanding democratic reforms. Police broke up the rally with tear gas, water cannons and bamboo batons, injuring at least 12 people. About 50 people were arrested during the march, part of a general strike sponsored by major political parties that has closed schools and businesses in and around the capital. The streets were mostly empty Monday apart from hundreds of police in riot gear deployed to enforce the new ban. “Our protests are against the recent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, which is our constitutional right,” Subash Nemwang, of the United Marxist Leninist Communist Party of Nepal, said before the rally. Full Story

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