Nepalese capital shutdown by opposition strike

Nepalese capital shutdown by protests about ongoing debate over drafting of constitution

Nepalese capital shutdown by opposition strike
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 Nepal's capital and the surrounding area were shutdown on Tuesday as opposition parties stepped up protests against the ruling coalition. 

Separate protests by the 30-party Opposition Alliance and Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist were staged in opposition to plans by the ruling coalition to draft a constitution without consensus, after months of wrangling failed to finalize cross-party agreements.

According to Sudip Pyakurel, director of Kathmandu’s Democracy Resource Center, the instability is likely to continue.

"There are already strikes scheduled and the violence and spill over from previous protests is likely to gather pace,” he said.

Protests continued in the country’s southern Terai region after an activist in his mid-twenties died Monday. 

While activists claim his death was the result of police brutality, police maintain that an existing medical condition was responsible for the cadre’s death. 

Shop windows and vehicles throughout strike-hit regions were vandalized. Seventy-one opposition activists were arrested for enforcing Tuesday’s strike, known as a bandh.

The protest action comes as it becomes increasingly unlikely that parties will forge consensus on key constitutional issues before the Constituent Assembly's self-imposed January 22 deadline for a draft of the constituion. 

 

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