Nepal police arrest 300 anti-government protestors Holly Manges Jones at 11:34 AM ET
[JURIST] Police officers in Nepal [JURIST news archive] arrested 300 protestors Thursday who were involved in 16 demonstrations across the capital city calling for a restoration of democracy in the country. Gopendra Pandey, a spokesman for the Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs [official website], said that arrests had been made but did not confirm a final number, and denied that there was a "law and order problem" in the country. The protests were organized by Nepal's seven political parties and were backed by Maoist communist rebels [BBC backgrounder] who failed to uphold a promise to cease attacks in Kathmandu during the anti-government rallies. The Nepalese government told the police to take any necessary measures to stop the protests, citing potential terrorist attacks as the main reason.
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