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Thousands March in Pro-Democracy Rallies in Nepal

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Thousands of protesters marched through the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on Sunday in the biggest pro-democracy rallies since King Gyanendra seized absolute power three months ago. Participants carried banners calling for an end to the king's direct rule and the restoration of democracy. The Nepalese monarch lifted the three month state of emergency Saturday. But he still rules without an elected government or parliament. Most civil liberties are suspended and hundreds of political activists remain jailed. King Gyanendra said he was compelled to act because the government failed to put down a Maoist insurgency that has claimed more than 11-thousand lives since 1996. Meanwhile, the rebels admitted differences among their top leaders. In an e-mailed statement, the Maoist leader known as Prachanda accused his deputy commander of betraying the fight to overthrow the monarchy by questioning tactics and failing to follow orders.
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