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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Riots grip Kathmandu before King Gyanendra's arrival

[b]Riots grip Kathmandu before King Gyanendra's arrival[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 03 December, ([/b] Violence gripped Kathmandu's New Baneswore area only minutes before King Gyanendra and Queen Komal arrived here on Friday after a three-week long foreign visit. Pro-King groups who had gathered on both sides of the street to greet the King clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators who were returning from a public gathering, resulting in violent scuffles.

The demonstrators were returning from the biggest pro-democracy demonstration in the country after the 1990 people's movement, with nearly a hundred thousand participants. The demonstration was organized by the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), the second biggest mainstream political party in Nepal.

Rallies pouring from over a dozen locations in the capital right from Friday morning had converged at New Baneswore from 1 p.m. and had dispersed at 3:30 p.m. Riots broke after the pro-king groups chanted anti-democracy slogans immediately after the demonstration ended. There were scuffles between the demonstrators and the pro-King groups for several minutes in front of Birendra International Convention Center, after which police resorted to baton charge injuring several demonstrators.

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