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Nepal ethnic protesters clash with police for 2nd day

  • Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group wearing headbands with the name of the group try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group wearing headbands with the name of the group try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group waving their respective flags try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group waving their respective flags try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group waving their respective flags try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Supporters of Nepal’s minority ethnic group waving their respective flags try to break through a police cordon, as they protest in a main street leading to the prime minister's office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hundreds of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in Nepal's capital on Sunday, restarting protests against the government and the Himalayan nation's new constitution. No one was injured.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Supporters of an ethnic minority group demanding changes in Nepal's new constitution have clashed with police and blocked main streets near the prime minister's office for a second straight day.

About 500 demonstrators gathered Monday, chanting anti-government slogans and attempting to push through a police barricade. Riot police using batons and demonstrators with sticks briefly clashed, but no serious injuries were reported on either side.

Security was stepped up around Singha Durbar, a fortified complex in Kathmandu that houses the prime minister's office and government offices, with hundreds of riot police guarding the streets.

The Madhesi minority group, which is leading the protest, wants a bigger state than assigned in the constitution adopted last year. Other minority groups that joined the protest want separate states for their populations as well.