Second nationwide shutdown paralyses Nepal

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A second general strike in three days brought much of Nepal to a halt Monday as protestors blocked roads and torched cars over the prison killing of a senior opposition party activist. The opposition-called strike closed businesses across the country as protestors on major highways enforced a ban on road traffic by attacking cars and burning tyres. “We arrested 27 protesters, most in Kathmandu, and a coffee shop and five vehicles were damaged in the capital,” police spokesman Binod Singh said. In towns throughout the country, government offices, banks and vehicles were vandalised, he said.