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Nepal's Parties Ready for Pro-Democracy Protests Monday

Activists from an alliance of five political parties in Nepal say they will hold a second round of protests Monday against King Gyanendra's assumption of absolute power.

A spokesman for the alliance said Sunday the nationwide rallies will go ahead despite the king's ban on demonstrations.

Last Tuesday, political parties organized street protests to pressure the king to restore democracy in Nepal. Police arrested dozens of people, including former government ministers and former lawmakers.

Sunday, police in Kathmandu arrested three students for shouting anti-monarchy slogans.

King Gyanendra dismissed the government, imposed a state of emergency and suspended civil liberties on February 1. He said his move was prompted by the government's failure to contain a Maoist rebellion, which has killed thousands of people since 1996.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.