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Nepalese Police Clash With Protesters After Demonstration Ban Lifted


Nepalese police clashed with pro-democracy protesters in Kathmandu Tuesday, hours after authorities lifted a ban on demonstrations in the capital.

Police fired tear gas and used batons as they charged hundreds of demonstrators calling for King Gyanendra to restore democracy. The protest was organized by an alliance of Nepal's seven largest political parties.

They want King Gyanendra to hand back powers he seized last February. The king has said he dismissed the government because it failed to stop an ongoing Maoist insurgency.

Protesters and police have been battling in the capital for four days.

Earlier Tuesday, authorities lifted a nighttime curfew and a ban on demonstrations in Kathmandu. Both restrictions were imposed last week to block a rally planned by the opposition.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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