Opposition strike shuts down Nepal


KATMANDU, Nepal–Opposition protesters clashed with police and set vehicles on fire in Nepal’s capital on Tuesday, as they enforced a nationwide general strike that crippled life throughout the country.

The alliance of 30 opposition parties is demanding the Himalayan nation’s new constitution draft be passed by a national consensus. The ruling coalition has been attempting to get the draft approved through a vote in parliament after negotiations with the opposition failed.

Protesters and police clashed in Katmandu, the capital, on the first day of the three-day strike. Riot police fired tear gas shells, while the protesters retaliated by throwing stones. The demonstrators also set a taxi and a motorcycle on fire.