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Demonstrations continue in Nepal, dozens injured and arrested

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Kathmandu, Apr 15 (UNI) Dozens of democracy suporters including journalists were injured today when security personnel fired tear gas shells and baton charged the peaceful demonstrators in Kathmandu and other parts of the country.

Over a dozen journalists including former president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalist Harihar Birahi, General Secretary Mahendra Bishta, Tara Nath Dahal and Murari Sharma were injured in police action on peaceful demonstration of journalists, who were demanding freedom of the press and restoration of democracy.

Over a dozen journalists were arrested. Police also intervened at an interaction programme at Putalisadak and arrested journalists and artists.

Over a dozen people including former MP Sabitri Bogati were injured when the security personnel fired tear gas shells and resorted to lathi charge at peaceful demonstrators at Sanepa today.

Thousands of people came on the streets today despite the ban on political activities in the Ring Road area of the capital and other major cities and towns across the country.

Police arrested dozens of demonstrators in Hetauda, south of Kathmandu this afternoon.

Thousands of people participated in the demonstration, shouting anti King slogans defying the ban on assembling there.

In Dhangadhi, of far western Nepal, thousands of people Raised anti-King slogans and demanded the end of autocratic rule of King Gyanendra.

Such rallies are being held in almost all the district headquarters after the seven political parties clearly instructed the party workers to continue protests unless democracy was restored in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the civil society have rejected the King Gyanendra's call for dialogue.

In a joint statement 24 people including former speaker of the House of Representatives Daman Nath Dhungana, former justice of the Supreme Court and the member of constitution draft committee Laxman Aryal, human rights activist Padam Ratna Tuladhar and journalist Kanak Dixit said, "In his New Year's message, King Gyanendra yet again irresponsibly sought to denigrate the people's high ideals and expectations''.

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