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Protests continue in Nepal despite curfew

[JURIST] Thousands of Nepalese pro-democracy protesters [JURIST news archive] marched toward Kathmandu Sunday despite an all-day curfew that was imposed on the city and surrounding areas last week. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators and several injuries were reported. Large demonstrations and clashes with police resulting in injuries to several hundred protestors in Kathmandu itself occurred Saturday [JURIST report]. AP has more. From Nepal, eKantipur.com has local coverage.

The protests are continuing despite a promise [JURIST report, proclamation text] made Friday by King Gyandendra [official profile, BBC profile] to restore democracy, end his direct rule, and call elections. Opposition leaders have rejected the proposal [JURIST report] because it does not include plans to create a constitution that would strip the King of most of his powers and does not set a date for prime ministerial elections. The seven-party political alliance orchestrating the democracy demonstrations has threatened to bring two million Nepalese people into the streets [eKantipur report] Tuesday for what is described as a "showdown" demonstration.

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