Nepal protestors take to streets after king lifts state of emergency

Nepal protestors take to streets after king lifts state of emergency

[JURIST] Some ten thousand protestors took to the streets of Kathmandu Sunday in two separate demonstrations just a day after King Gyanendra lifted the state of emergency in the country [Kantipur Online report] which he had declared on February 1 [transcript of King's address in English]. The marches coincided with the May 1st holiday, but marchers carried signs calling on the king to also end his direct rule of the country, now entering its third month after his February dismissal of the civilian government for failing to put down a Maoist insurgency. There is no word yet on when hundreds of people arrested during the emergency – included former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba – will be released. On Saturday King Gyanendra also announced the he was extending the term of a royal commission established to investigate corruption in previous civilian governments. Censorship of local Nepanese media prohibiting the publication of interviews, write-ups, news and opinions that go against "the spirit and letter of the Feb 1 royal proclamation and supports and encourages the activities of the terrorists directly or indirectly" also remains in effect [Kantipur Online report] through August 1. AP has more.