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Maoist Women Confront Nepali Riot Police

Posted by onehundredflowers on May 7, 2009

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This was originally posted on aljazeera.net.

For a remarkable video of the protests on bbc.co.uk, click here and here.

Nepal police clash with protesters

Riot police have clashed with hundreds of female protesters from Nepal’s communist party.

About 500 women had gathered in front of the president’s office in the capital, Kathmandu, on Thursday to demand that he dismiss the head of the army.

A number of the protesters were injured after they were beaten with bamboo sticks as they tried to break through a police cordon around the building.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the communist prime minister, resigned on Monday after Ram Baran Yadav, the president, blocked his attempt to sack the army chief.

Dahal, a former Maoist rebel leader, says Rookmangud Katawal has failed to integrate his former fighters into the military, a requirement of the peace deal that ended their 10-year conflict with the government.

Navin Ghimire, the home ministry spokesman, said police and soldiers had been deployed on the street of the capital to prevent further protests.

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