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Maoists Protest Against India's Alleged Land Encroachment


Hundreds of Maoists have protested outside of the Indian embassy in Nepal, where they accused India of border encroachments and interference in Nepal's internal affairs.

The protest Tuesday in Katmandu coincided with a visit by India's army chief, General Deepak Kapoor. The army chief has been criticized by Maoists after news organizations reported he objected to the integration of Maoists into Nepal's army.

The demonstrators chanted and waved flags as they marched from the center of the city to the gates of the embassy where they were stopped by police in riot gear.

India and Nepal share a 1,700 kilometer border that is poorly marked in some areas.

Tuesday's protest comes just two days after Nepali Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala met with her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, in Katmandu. They issued a joint statement after the meeting promising closer cooperation on issues including border security.

Maoists are former rebels who signed a peace deal in 2006 that ended a deadly insurgency. They joined mainstream politics and won election in 2008 but resigned from a coalition government last May following a failed attempt to oust the head of the army.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, Nepal News,and Hindu.

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