Protesters and riot police clash in Nepal's capital over plans to push ahead with a new constitution in parliament without reaching national consensus first. Mana Rabiee reports.
Clashes with riot police in Katmandu ... after a protest that drew some 30,000 people to Nepal's capital. The demonstration was led by the Maoist opposition to demand that political parties reach a consensus on a new constitution. Police used tear gas and batons to stop the crowds from advancing to the parliament building, leaving more than a dozen people injured. Maoist Party vice chairman NA-RI-YAN KAH-ZI SHRE-TAH says the police response was way out of proportion. (SOUNDBITE)(Nepali) NARYAN KAZI SHRETHA, VICE CHAIRMAN OF MAOIST PARTY SAYING: "The way they attacked with batons, teargas shelling at random, in whatever manner. These are acts that can be condemned. This government has exhibited its fascist attitude by not respecting democratic norms." Nepal is struggling to cobble together its first constitution as a republic ... nearly a decade after a civil war with Maoist rebels left more than 17,000 people dead. But the country's alliance of political parties has repeatedly missed deadlines to write the draft ... and the former rebels have walked away from negotiations. They're angry that the government wants to push ahead with the new constitution via a vote in parliament -- where it has strength -- without national consensus first.