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Nepal's Maoists Block Highways to Kathmandu བོད་སྐད།


Nepal's Maoists blocked highways leading to the capital Tuesday to protest against the government.

Hundreds of supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal gathered at major highways connecting Kathmandu to the rest of the country. Demonstrators stopped vehicles and waved their political party's red flag as police stood on guard.

The Maoists have protested for months against President Ram Baran Yadav. They accuse him of acting unconstitutionally after he rejected the prime minister's decision to fire Nepal's army chief.

Officials from the United States, European Union and Russia met earlier this month in Kathmandu with Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda. They warned him that the protests could raise tensions and harm Nepal's economy.

Prachanda and a senior Maoist official who also attended the meeting Krishna Bahadur Mahara assured the diplomats the protests will be peaceful.

The Maoists ended their decade-long insurgency in 2006 in exchange for a role in the government and an end to Nepal's constitutional monarchy. More than 13,000 people died in the violent campaign.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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