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Thousands Join Pro-Democracy Demonstration in Nepal


Thousands of people have rallied in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, demanding that their king restore democracy and civil liberties.

Today's peaceful demonstration, organized by seven political parties, was the biggest protest against King Gyanendra since he seized absolute power almost four months ago.

The rally took place despite warnings that the authorities would not tolerate criticism of King Gyanendra and would take action against anyone shouting anti-monarchy slogans. Hundreds of police in riot gear were posted around the city, but did not intervene.

King Gyanendra dismissed the government on February first, blaming it for failing to quell a Maoist insurgency. He also imposed a three-month state of emergency and ordered politicians and activists imprisoned.

Under mounting pressure, the king has lifted emergency rule, but still holds unlimited power.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.

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