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Newspaper vehicle vandalised by anti-government protesters

(FNJ/IFEX) - A vehicle belonging to the "Samaya Weekly" newspaper was vandalized by frenzied protesters demonstrating against the government for raising the prices on original wording ok: petroleum products on 22 January 2008 in Kalimati, Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

According to Keshav Lamichhane, a correspondent of "Samaya Weekly", the vehicle, on its way to purchase printing papers, was damaged by the protesters. Protesters attacked the vehicle, saying "these journalists can do nothing besides write news." The back part of the vehicle was completely destroyed.

The government has hiked up the prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas due to the rising price of oil in the international market. The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) had hiked up the price of petrol just four weeks earlier, giving the same reason.

The capital has been paralyzed after angry students carried out protest rallies and burnt tyres at major parts of the capital city.

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has condemned the attack and urged the perpetrators to stop hindering journalists and allow them to continue their duties.

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