HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN NEPAL PROTESTThe photo above is of current King Gyanendra, who seized absolute power in Nepal last year. Gyanendra, once known as "The Black Prince," came to the throne under unusual circumstances, due to the timely massacre of virtually the entire Nepalese Royal family save several relatives of the current king.
Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested in Nepal today after students fought pitched street battles with police, hurling stones and setting the central post office on fire. Home minister, Kamal Thapa, said that 751 people had been arrested and 115 were taken to prison under a tough public safety law that allows authorities to jail people without charge for 90 days.
"The government is using minimum force to control the situation. The government has made adequate arrangements to ensure the security of the people. There is no need for people to be scared and we are doing what we can to foil the protest," he told the AP news agency.
The protests happened on the second day of a strike called by an alliance of seven political parties to protest against King Gyanendra, who seized power a year ago.
Police fought the protestors with tear gas and batons. Students at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan University ransacked the dean's office and briefly took several officers hostage. . . Days before the strike, the government banned all forms of public protest in Kathmandu.
photo: Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters