Skip to comments.Maoists shut down Nepal on 1st day of 3-day general strike
Posted on 12/19/2009 10:46:48 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian
KATHMANDU, Dec. 20 (AP) - (Kyodo)Nepal's Maoists shut down businesses, schools, factories and transportation throughout Nepal on Sunday, the first day of a three- day nationwide general strike.
In the strongest protest since their leader Prachanda resigned in May as prime minister, Maoist supporters took to the streets from 5 a.m. to enforce the strike, called to demand an apology from President Ram Baran Yadav for earlier this year countermanding Prachanda's order to sack the army chief.
Maoist cadres lit up tires at the busiest road intersections in Kathmandu to prevent vehicles from plying the roads, forcing tens of thousands of civil servants to commute on foot to their offices.
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