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Pro-democracy demonstrations continue in Nepal for 13th day

Written by: Staff
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Kathmandu, Apr 18 (UNI) Anti-king demonstrations rocked Nepal for the 13th day today as three journalists and nearly 25 government employees were arrested at Singhdurbar for raising slogans in support of the democratic movement.

Security personnel forcibly stopped the demonstration organised by the employees of various offices of Singhdurbar, the central secretariat of the country's government, where the home ministry and Prime Minister's Office is located and arrested over two dozen employees.

Three journalists of Kantipur pubications and Kantipur TV, who were there to cover the demonstration were also arrested, reports said. The driver of the vehicle carrying journalists was also arrested.

Meanwhile, Indian ambassador Shiv Mukherjee and US ambassador James Moriarty met former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa today.

The Indian and US ambassador, along with Mr Thapa, had met the King recently.

There is an overwhelming support for the movement launched for the restoration of democracy since February last year, when King Gyanendra seized power by dislodging the elected government and became chairman of the council of ministers.

In addition to the government employees, people from different walks of life including doctors, journalists, lawyers, teachers and general public have come to the streets demanding the end of autocratic rule of King Gyanendra.

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