Human rights groups in Nepal say they plan to hold a demonstration Thursday to protest King Gyanendra's February first seizure of dictatorial powers.
The king has banned protests. But the founder of the Human Rights and Peace Society (Krishna Pahadi) says Nepalis are ready to fill the jails for the sake of democracy, human rights and peace.
The king and his hand-picked government have also banned the criticism of security forces and political activity by public servants, and said authorities can seize private property if necessary.
In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan stressed that the United States has concerns about the situation in Nepal and is urging the king to move toward democratic reform.