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Nepal: general strike continues despite repression

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Massive state repression has failed to break a general strike that began in Nepal on Thursday of last week. The strike is backed by all the main political parties, including the Maoist rebels who control much of the countryside.
Issue 1996
Pic: Bimal Sharma www.inseconline.org
Pic: Bimal Sharma www.inseconline.org

Massive state repression has failed to break a general strike that began in Nepal on Thursday of last week. The strike is backed by all the main political parties, including the Maoist rebels who control much of the countryside.

It is part of an effort to end direct rule by the king and return power to an elected assembly.

In cities and towns across Nepal demonstrators have defied curfew orders to take to the streets, and there have been frequent clashes with armed police.

By the end of last weekend, three protesters had been killed and many hundreds injured.

Hundreds of leading activists and former MPs have been arrested in an attempt to derail the movement. But the response of the political parties has been to extend the general strike indefinitely.

Renewed protests greeted the announcement that the state had extended the curfew in the cities on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

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