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NEWS: Nepal Still In Turmoil; Protests, Deaths, & Arrests

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 09:21 AM
The tiny nation of Nepal is still in turmoil weeks after President Gyanendra dismantled the country's democracy in order to quell Maoist Rebel uprisings. Maoist rebels attacked a Nepalese Army base igniting a 12 hour battle which left at least 50 rebels dead and 8 soldiers injured. In the country's capital Katmandu, at least 100 protestors were arrested as they made their way near an area where the King was attending an army equestrian show.
Hundreds of guerrillas attacked the security base at Khara village, about 250 miles west of the capital, Katmandu, the Royal Nepalese Army headquarters in Katmandu said. The battle began about 6 p.m. local time Thursday.

The army said it recovered at least 50 bodies while searching nearby areas but believed more rebels were killed during the fighting. Soldiers also recovered several weapons and ammunition from the battle site.

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Nepal is in turmoil and with King Gyanendra unwilling to deal with the Maoists in the political arena, it would seem that this turmoil will continue to escalate. While King Gyanendra may think that curbing citizens' civil liberties will protect democracy, his actions have caused outrage among his people and raised eyebrows around the international community as anyone objecting to the King's authority being thrown in jails. Students, lawyers, reporters have all found their civil liberties taken away in the name of protecting democracy.

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