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Protest continues; Parties urge not to pay tax.

Written by: Staff

Kathmandu, Apr 16 (UNI) The seven party alliance today urged people not to pay taxes to the Royal Government even as the nationwide indefinite general strike called by the alliance entered its eleventh day.

Thousands participated in the anti-King demonstration, raising slogans against King Gyanendra, who seized power last year.

More than 18 people were injured when police opened fire at Balkhu in the capital and in Arghakhanchi district today. At least six pro-democracy protesters were injured in the police firing at Balkhu while 12 sustained injuries in Arghakhanchi. Five of the injured in Arghakhanchi are in serious condition, Kantipur television said.

Anti-Government rallies were held at Mangalbazar, Gongabu, Lanagkhel, Mahapal, Gabahal Bashundhara, Suryabinayak, Kalanki and Kausaltar, with protestors demanding restoration of democracy and the release of all the political detainees.

Similarly, demonstrations were held at Dang, Palpa, Bhairahawa, Janakpur and other parts of the Country, demanding the restoration of complete democracy.

A meeting of the Joint Movement Central Coordination Committee held in the capital today decided to boycott any products and services of those businesses and industries belonging to the royal family and its family members, Kantipur television said.

The seven parties requested friendly countries, donors and the international community not to lend any financial aid to the unconstitutional Government. They have also requested all Nepalese living abroad not to send remittances during the pro-democracy protest period.


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