Sunday, April 23, 2006

The situation in Nepal still tense

The situation is still tense in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where riot police opened fire on thousands of protesters that streamed into the city centre on Saturday. Several people were wounded. BBC News reports that ambulances have taken away around 10 injured people. The protesters broke through a security cordon after defying a day-time curfew, with police trying to halt a march on the royal palace. Soldiers blocked approach roads to the palace with tanks, and helicopters flew overhead. The crowds have dismissed as inadequate King Gyanendra's vow to restore democracy. Opposition leaders have also rejected the king's invitation to form an interim government.


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