Hundreds of students demonstrated in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu,
to protest recent increases in the price of fuel and transportation
Students from the All Nepal National Free Students Union burned tires and blocked roads in the capital during rush hour on Wednesday morning.
Last week the state-run Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) raised
the price of gasoline by 25 percent to ease a growing fuel shortage in
the country. Shortly after, transportation operators raised fares for
taxis and buses by about 35 percent.
The students are demanding that the government give them a 50 percent discount in those fares.
The NOC had been subsidizing the retail cost of gasoline, selling it at substantial discounts.
The last time Nepal tried to raise fuel prices, protests erupted across
the country, forcing the government to rescind the hikes.