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Maoist-Led Strike Across Nepal

Former Maoist rebels attacked vehicles, forced shops to close and blocked highways Sunday in Nepal to enforce a general strike called to protest the president.

Maoists in Nepal began a three-day strike Sunday, forcing the closure of shops and businesses, and blocking roads and highways.

The former rebels are protesting what they call the unconstitutional actions of Nepal's president in overturning their decision to fire the head of the army.

The protest has been largely peaceful, although police say some vehicles have been vandalized, and some protesters have been arrested.

Tensions have been high in Nepal since a Maoist-led government resigned in May amid a dispute with President Ram Baran Yadav concerning the army chief. The former rebels have since led a series of protests.

Maoists ended a decade-long civil war in 2006 to join a peace process. They won a majority of seats in parliament in elections last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.