Written by Staff Writer
07 Apr, 2015 | 6:50 pm
Nepalese riot police personnel detained at least one protester during a nationwide strike organised by the opposition alliance led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal in Kathmandu on Tuesday (April 7).
The strikers want a new constitution drafted with the consensus of all political parties. Groups of protesters confronted police in the streets and at least one motorcycle and car were set alight.
Almost a decade has passed since the end of a civil war that pitted Maoist guerillas against the state and killed more than 17,000 people. Nepal’s political parties have repeatedly missed deadlines to write the new republic’s first constitution.
At the heart of the dispute is disagreement over creating new provinces based on ethnicity, a move backed by the former rebels.
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