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Curfew in Nepal to foil Opposition rally

Sunday 9 April 2006

Pro-democracy demonstrations continue; clashes in the capital and other towns; hundreds arrested

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Government has announced that a dawn-to dusk curfew clamped in this city will be extended to Sunday in an attempt to foil a rally planned against King Gyanendra’s direct rule.

A notice on the state-run Nepal Television said the curfew would be imposed between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. The curfew provision gives the security forces orders to shoot any violator.

On Saturday, the Government imposed the curfew from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. here and in the suburbs of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, saying it was necessary to ensure the safety of the people and property.

Saturday was the third day of a four-day general strike called by an alliance of seven parties that oppose King Gyanendra’s seizure of power last year.

Several clashes occurred between the protesters and the police in Kathmandu and other towns during the past three days. Hundreds of people were arrested and dozens injured.

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