In Nepal, anti-monarchy protests and fuel shortages have spread to Kathmandu. Police used tear gas and charged at demonstrators with canes to break up a rally in the capital which has been largely immune to the anti-monarchy campaign that has been sweeping the nation.
It is the 12th day of a general strike called by political parties opposed to King Gyanedra’s rule. The action coincides with an intensive campaign of demonstrations around the country. In Kathmandu people have been queuing for hours to buy petrol from the few pumps still open. Opposition parties have called on shops, schools, colleges and motor transport to cease operations. Reports from eastern Nepal say there are shortages of rice as mills close and people resort to panic buying.