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Strike over new constitution
112 Nepalese Held
Published :Monday, 17 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16
KATHMANDU, Aug 16 : Nepalese police arrested more than a hundred protestors on Sunday 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 protestors 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.    ?AFP

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