After the Madheshi Morcha withdrew its support from the government on March 15, Morcha cadres intensified protests across the Tarai while demanding that the constitution be amended before local elections. From April 1-21, 51 incidents related to the local-elections and local-level-restructuring were reported across Nepal. 36 of the incidents were directly related to the Madheshi Morcha protesting the local elections. The incidents included Madheshi Morcha cadres holding rallies, picketing District Election Offices (DEO), obstructing Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) events, and one attempted attack on CPN-UML cadres. Apart from a few smaller clashes between protesters and the police, most of the incidents were non-violent.
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