KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The streets were mostly deserted in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu on Wednesday for a general strike to protest a hike in fuel prices.

Schools were closed and shops shuttered in response to the strike called by university student groups as police in riot gear guarded the main streets of the city.

The government increased the price of gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel because state-owned Nepal Oil Corp. was in debt. Student groups demanded authorities reverse the decision and met with government officials to talk about the matter.

Police detained several protesters in Katmandu who forced shops to close.