Saturday, April 8, 2006


Nepal King Orders Protesters Shot on Sight

`Protesters demanding a return to democracy postponed a rally that had been expected to draw thousands on Saturday, after the king imposed an all-day curfew and ordered violators shot on sight.

Khadga Prasad Oli, deputy leader of the Communist Party of Nepal, called the curfew “unnecessary, illegal and illogical” and said the protesters would try to hold the rally on Sunday.

Seven main political parties organized the rally as the high point of a four-day general strike that has shut down the capital Katmandu, where King Gyanendra’s refusal to give up absolute rule has led to growing unrest.’

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