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Protests intensify



Protesters in open defiance of a daylong curfew fought pitched battles with police in various parts of Kathmandu all day Sunday, as Home Minister Kamal Thapa accused the Maoists of infiltrating the demonstrators. At a joint press conference with Information Minister Shrish Rana, Thapa said some of the people detained during demonstrations were Maoists, and said the agitation was a joint movement between the Maoists and the seven parties.

The remarks appeared to be an effort to justify the use of excessive violence in putting down the protests. A demonstration in Banepa to protest the killing of Bhimsen Dahal, the UML activist killed in an army shooting in Pokhara on Saturday, turned violent and one person was killed and three injured when police opened fire on rampaging crowds.

In Kathmandu, the hotspots were Satdobato, Gopi Krishna Hall, Ghattekulo and Gongabu. The northern section of the Ring Road up to Chabahil was a war zone with barricades made up of stones, burning tyres and car chassis dragged out from garages. Kiritpur remained tense with confrontation continuing between defiant demonstrators and police backed up by soldiers riding armoured personnel carriers.

Meanwhile the seven party coordination committee said today the pro-democracy movement would continue on Monday until our goal is reached.

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Demonstrators defying curfew in Gongabu on Sunday. (PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


A protestor bleeds after being baton charged by the security forces in Gongabu on Sunday. (PIC: RAMESH KARKI)


A protestor being rushed off to the hospital after being injured at a demonstration. (PIC: RAMESH KARKI)


Army personnel stationed to stop demonstrations in Kalanki. (PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


The northern section of the Ring Road up to Chabahil was a war zone with barricades made up of stones, burning tyres and car chassis dragged out from garages. (PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


Military cleared off the barricades put by the protestors at Kalanki. (PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


Car chassis were dragged out from garages and used as barricades. (PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


(PIC: KIRAN PANDAY)


Protestors holding placards that reads, \'Times have changed but country is the same- People\'s Movement Part II\' (PIC: RAMESH KARKI)


Security personnel beating up a protestor. (PIC: RAMESH KARKI)


(PIC: RAMESH KARKI)


(PIC: NAYANTARA KAKSHAPATI)


(PIC: NAYANTARA KAKSHAPATI)


(PIC: NAYANTARA KAKSHAPATI)

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