Huge brawl breaks out in Nepalese parliament

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Fighting broke out in Nepal's national parliament in Kathmandu on Tuesday as the government tried to force through a new draft of the country's constitution. Chairs, microphones and shoes were thrown at the stage, where the speaker was sitting. At least three security guards were injured in the brawl, as guards formed a human barricade to stop opposition members from storming the stage, where member of the UML ruling party, Subash Nemwang, was trying to propose a vote on the new constitution.

The opposition parties, particularly the Madhesi minority and Maoist parties, are calling for a unilateral move against the new constitution. In protest the Maoists and opposition parties have called a strike on Tuesday shutting down factories, shops, schools and public transport. In the Satrapi district of Kathmandu, the ruling UML party offices were torched and according to the police 50 protesters were arrested around the city.