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Nepal's southeast paralyzed by curfew, general strike

Nepal's southeast paralyzed by curfew, general strike

A curfew imposed by authorities and a general strike by residents demanding more rights paralyzed part of southeastern Nepal Thursday, officials and news reports said.
Authorities re-imposed a 13-hour dawn-to-dusk curfew on Thursday in Lahan town, where clashes since Friday have left at least five people dead and several injured.
An earlier curfew ended Wednesday evening in Lahan, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of the capital, Katmandu. Protesters had poured into the streets just after that curfew ended.
The town was calm Thursday, said local government administrator Chiranjivi Adhikari.
A curfew was also imposed in the neighboring town of Janakpur, torn by violence Wednesday. Protesters there torched a police station and officers opened fire, injuring at least a dozen people, according to Nepal FM radio news.
Just east of Lahan, a general strike has shut down transportation, schools and markets.
The protests have been organized by the Tarai People's Rights Forum, a group that says it is working for the rights of the people in Nepal's plains.
Activists claim that residents of southern Nepal's plains have long been left out of development and policy-making decisions, which are focused more on people living in the Himalayan mountains to the north.
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has urged the groups organizing the protests to resolve the situation through dialogue with the government.


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:21 GMT+08:00