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Maoist Students in Angry Protest Over Fuel Price Rise in Nepal

20 March 2014

Maoist student activists led a partial strike in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and stoned or set fire to a dozen vehicles on Wednesday, demanding that the newly elected government cancel a fuel price rise. State-run Nepal Oil Corporation increased petrol and diesel prices by up to 7.6 percent earlier this week, saying the move was needed to reduce its losses. On Wednesday, the student protesters marched through the streets of Kathmandu, disrupting rush-hour traffic and shouting: “Roll back the fuel price increase.” As part of a general strike demanded by the student union, schools and colleges were closed, some businesses shut and public transport was thin. No one was reported injured. —Reuters