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In pictures: Nepal protests

Police baton charge protesters in Kathmandu

Police in Kathmandu opened fire on tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who defied a curfew to stage a rally against the rule of King Gyanendra.

Police shoot at protesters in Kathmandu, 20 April 2006

Violence erupted when at least 100,000 people defied the curfew by marching on central Kathmandu. Pic: Collective Campaign for Peace.

Nepalese protesters scuffle with police

The UN human rights commissioner in Nepal has urged the king to restore democracy and prevent further bloodshed.

Kathmandu protests. Pic: Collective Campaign for Peace

Live ammunition, tear gas and rubber bullets left a trail of casualties. Pic: Collective Campaign for Peace.

Kathmandu woman peers outside

The 18-hour curfew was in force from a 200-metre belt beyond the city's ring road.

Deserted street in Kathmandu

The Nepalese authorities had warned that violators would be "shot on sight".

Protesters in Kathmandu

Thursday's curfew was imposed after 10 people were killed in two weeks of rallies against the king's direct rule.

Police arrest a student activist

Dozens of student activists were among those rounded up by police in the protests.

Queue for cooking fuel in Kathmandu

The protests have been accompanied by strikes called by opponents of the king, leading to food and fuel shortages.

Communist flag at a Kathmandu rally

The king's government has justified its crackdown, claiming Nepal's Maoist rebel movement has infiltrated the protests.

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