Nepal police arrest 250 pro-democracy protesters as UN envoy decries rights abuses Greg Sampson at 12:18 PM ET
[JURIST] Nepal police on Wednesday arrested approximately 250 college professors who were protesting in the town Pokhara against the direct government of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile]. Organizers set up the demonstration in violation of government-imposed curfew meant to curb pro-democracy rallies [JURIST report]. Gyanendra's government has previously announced that anyone violating the curfew would be immediately shot.
Nepal has seen an upsurge in pro-democracy protests [JURIST news archive] in the past several days, even after Gyanendra called for general elections [JURIST report] and a dialogue with his political opponents last week. Over the past two weeks, eight people have died in protests against the royal government, including two protesters who were shot by police [BBC report] on Wednesday. AP has more. eKantipur.com has local coverage.
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