Troops in Nepal are enforcing a curfew around the capital Katmandu to prevent demonstrations against the government of King Gyanendra. In spite of the clamp-down, opposition leaders have called for mass protests today to demand the restoration of democratic institutions. Opposition parties called a general strike as part of their two week old campaign against the King. At Chandragad in eastern Nepal, 4 demonstrators were killed during clashes with security forces. It brings the number of people killed in the wave of protests to ten. The king has offered to restore elections next year but the opposition says this is not enough. A government spokesman claimed Maoists were deliberately provoking violence. “The Nepali people will not rest until we get democracy back from Gyanendra, we are ready to sacrifice our lives” said one street protest leader.India’s foreign minister Karan Singh is having talks with the king and opposition leaders in Katmandu to try and find a solution to the conflict.
Nepal troops enforce curfew to prevent new pro-democracy protests