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Nepal king faces first protests since seizing power

Nepali human rights groups plan to stage the first open show of defiance since King Gyanendra seized power last week, saying they could no longer remain silent and daring him to “fill the jails”. Almost a week after the king sacked the government, suspended civil rights and banned dissent, leaders of 24 rights groups and professional bodies defied arrest to meet in a house in Kathmandu on Monday to decide on action. They plan to bring their supporters onto the streets on Thursday outside a complex housing the prime minister’s office and parliament. But with communications difficult, it was not clear how many people would join the protest. There have been no major public demonstrations in Nepal since Gyanendra took power almost a week ago and ordered extra troops, police and armoured cars onto the streets. The ousted government’s failure to make progress in ending a Maoist rebellion that has killed more than 11,000 people was one of the reasons Gyanendra gave for his sudden move. Full Story

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