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Hundreds of Hindu protesters clash with police in Nepal's capital, demanding Hindu state

  • Nepalese police stop Hindu activists as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese police stop Hindu activists as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese police stop Hindu activists as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese police stop Hindu activists as they try to enter a restricted area near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Hindu priest addresses Hindu activists during a protest near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Hindu priest addresses Hindu activists during a protest near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution clashed with police. No one was injured in scuffles and there were no arrests. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution have clashed with police in the capital.

Demonstrators chanted slogans Wednesday as they tried to force through a police barricade on the street leading to the Constituent Assembly building in Kathmandu.

No one was injured in scuffles with police officers and there were no arrests.

Nepal was declared a secular republic after its centuries-old monarchy was abolished in 2008. Kings were believed by many Nepalese to be a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Hindu groups are now demanding that the Himalayan nation again be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution.

Political fighting has delayed an agreement on the constitution, which was initially supposed to have been drafted by 2010.