Maoist protesters began a nationwide strike on May 2, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. Majority of the country is paralyzed by the indefinite protest as thousands of Maoist supporters started marching in Katmandu, allowing only diplomatic and news media vehicles to move through the city. Negotiations between the country’s largest political parties over the drafting of a new constitution are still on stalemate. The draft is due May 28.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the protests could turn violent if the ruling coalition does not heed their call.