Nepal police arrest 112 in strike over new constitution
KATHMANDU: Nepalese police arrested more than a hundred protesters on Sunday (Aug 16) for trying to enforce a nationwide strike, the latest in a string of protests against the new constitution. “The police have arrested 112 cadres from across the country for vandalism and for forcing shops to shut down,” police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told AFP, adding that protesters have attacked 16 vehicles. Nepal’s bickering parties struck a breakthrough deal earlier this month to redraw the country’s internal borders in the draft new constitution.
Under the charter, which has been held up for years by political wrangling, Nepal will be restructured as a federal state with six provinces. But several lawmakers and their supporters called the strike, saying the proposed borders discriminated against historically marginalised communities. “State reconstruction in the draft is far from the aspirations of the people,” Pampha Bhusal, spokeswoman of CPN-Maoist, a breakaway faction of the Maoist party, told AFP. “It does not ensure political participation of marginalised groups in the state bodies.”
104 arrested in Nepal as general strike affects normal life
All educational institutions, major markets remained closed and vehicles were mostly off the roads Over 100 people were arrested in Nepal on Sunday for trying to enforce a general strike to protest the decision of dividing the country into six provinces in the new Constitution. Police arrested 97 people including vice-president of Federal Socialist Party Rajendra Shrestha from Kathmandu and 7 others from neighbouring Bhaktpur district. Life across Nepal, including in capital Kathmandu, was crippled as the CPN-Maoist, the breakaway faction of the Unified CPN-Maoist, and Madhesi parties enforced general strike to protest against the decision made by the major parties to incorporate six provinces model of federal system in the new constitution. All educational institutions, major markets remained closed and vehicles were mostly off the roads. Only a handful of two-wheelers and three wheelers were plying despite the shut down. The agitators vandalised a bus and a car in Kathmandu for defying the strike, police said. http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/104-arrested-in-nepal-as-general-strike-affects-normal-life/article7546775.ece