It is reported that one person has been killed in protests in Nepal, as the situation in the troubled Himalayan kingdom deteriorates. Troops are said to have fired on demonstrators in an eastern city. They weredemanding that King Gyanendra restore multi-party democracy. In the capital Kathmandu, a peaceful gathering turned nasty, with a number of arrests being made.
At least four people have died in 12 days of disturbances that have pitted the monarchy against supporters of seven political parties and Maoist rebels. Many have accused the security forces of heavy-handedness. One German tourist was outraged when a protest was dispersed, shouting at riot police: “You are fighting against your own people. The king is the Hitler of Nepal.” Nepal is in the grip of a general strike which was called to support the coalition against the king. Food prices have shot up and fuel is scarce.