Nepal Maoists clash with police

Fresh violence erupts in capital Kathmandu as ex-rebels press for PM's resignation.

    Protesters pelted police with stones and and set government vehicles on fire [AFP]

    Power struggle

    Protesters pelted police with stones, beat up pedestrians and television cameramen, and set government vehicles on fire. Several policemen and demonstrators were injured in the street battles.

    Sunday's protest came two days after the Maoists ended a prolonged nationwide strike, bowing to pressure from angry citizens, Western diplomats and business groups.

    The Maoists traditionally back strike calls with the threat of violence against those who defy them.

    The Maoists won the country's last elections and briefly led a coalition government. A dispute split their coalition, allowing the current government to come to power.

    The Maoists now want the power back, but the government has refused to step aside.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?