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Landless squatters clash with riot police in Nepal

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Landless people hurl stones towards riot police during a clash in Katmandu, Nepal, on May 8, 2012.

Riot police in Kathmandu arrested more than 20 protesters on Tuesday during clashes sparked by an attempt to evict landless squatters from their homes. Dozens were injured.  

The demolition drive follows a Nepali government decision to force the squatters out from an area beside the Thapathali hospital and move them to an alternative settlement along with the introduction of a property ownership document, according to local media reports.

-- Reuters and EPA contributed to this report

Bikash Dware / Reuters

Police arrest landless squatters who live beside the Thapathali hospital during clashes with police personnel who arrived to demolish illegally-built houses in Kahmandu on May 8, 2012.

Bikash Dware / Reuters

A girl who used to live beside the Thapathali hospital cries during the clashes in Katmandu on May 8, 2012.