Demonstrators protesting next week’s election in Nepal torched vehicles and hurled an explosive at a bus in Kathmandu late Wednesday, injuring eight people, police said. A 33-party alliance, headed by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), has urged a vote boycott and imposed a ban on motorised transport until November 20. “The attackers threw a petrol bomb at the bus. Eight passengers who were injured have been rushed to the nearby hospital,” Ganesh K.C., a police spokesman told AFP. “Protesters also set eight vehicles on fire and vandalised five other vehicles around the country,” he said.
Police have arrested more than 130 demonstrators since Monday, he added.
CPN-M says the November 19 vote, the country’s second national election since a 10-year civil war ended in 2006, is illegal.
They argue that elections cannot be carried out under the interim administration, headed by the chief justice of the supreme court, and have called for polls to be postponed until a cross-party government is put in place.
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