There has been more bloodshed in Nepal during protests against King Gyanendra’srule. At least three people were killed when police opened fire to block tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors marching into the capital, Katmandhu. Up to 100 people were reported to have been wounded.
A curfew was in place and authorities had ordered troops to shoot if necessary to prevent people marching on the palace. The protest had been called by opposition groups who are pressing the King to restore democracy. An Indian envoy had talks with the monarch in a bid to defuse the situation. Afterwards he said he was hopeful the king would soon make an announcement that would ease tensions. Gyanendra sacked the government and assumed full powers just over a year ago.
The political crisis has been worsened by a general strike that has hit the Himalyan nation’s economy hard. There have been similar demonstrations elsewhere in the country. Opposition parties have vowed to keep up the momentum and a similar attempt to march into Katmandhu is planned for tomorrow. In response the authorities have announced an extension of the curfew.