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Maoist students in angry protest over fuel price rise in Nepal

Published on Mar 20, 2014 12:45 AM

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Maoist student activists led a partial strike in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and stoned or set fire to a dozen vehicles on Wednesday, demanding that the newly elected government cancel a fuel price rise.

State-run Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) increased petrol and diesel prices by up to 7.6 per cent earlier this week, saying the move was needed to reduce its losses.

On Wednesday, the student protesters marched through the streets of the capital, disrupting rush-hour traffic and shouting: "Roll back the fuel price increase." As part of a general strike demanded by the student union, schools and colleges were closed, some businesses shut and public transport was thin. The protesters stoned some vehicles that defied their shutdown call.

A police spokesman said three vehicles were set on fire and 10 were stoned and damaged. He said police detained more than 100 activists for trying to enforce the closure of shops, transport, schools and colleges. No one was reported injured.

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