Surging fuel prices in Nepal trigger protest

Price hikes are hitting Nepal. People protesting against a surge in fuel prices clashed with police in the capital on Monday.

Students organized the demonstration in Kathmandu. Police fired teargas and used sticks to break up the protesters. Police say there were no injuries or arrests.

Frustrations are rising as people have to contend with soaring energy prices. On Monday, the state-owned oil company raised the price of gasoline by 12 percent and diesel by 16 percent. The increase in fuel prices has caused public transportation fares and cargo fees to go up.

The overall cost of living is also rising in Nepal. According to the central bank, inflation reached a six-year high of 7.87 percent in mid-May.