Nepal's Maoists lay siege to secretariat

Unified CPN-Maoist activists surrounded the Singhdurbar secretariat, the main administrative building of the government in the heart of the capital and District Administration Office (DAOs) across the country, two days after calling off their 6-day-old indefinite anti-government general strike.

“The prime minister must quit and a national government come in place,” the Maoists shouted as they surrounded the secretariat that houses the Prime Minister’s Office and most ministries. “Our protests will continue till there is consensus and a new constitution.”

Thousands of police had been deployed to guard the complex. The police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who laid siege to the complex. Over twenty people, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhola Rawal, were injured. Some Maoist cadres were also wounded in the scuffle with riot police.

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