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Nepalese Journalists, Displaced Protest; Homeless Arrested

At least 150 Nepalese journalists have marched through Kathmandu to protest the closure of a radio program production center and to demand the restoration of freedom of press. Police did not intervene.

The president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Bishnu Nisthuri, said Sunday the closure of Communication Corner was a government attempt to scare the media.

Also Sunday, Nepalese security forces detained at least 30 people protesting abuse at the hands of Maoist rebels and demanding food and shelter from the royalist government. It was a second such protest in a week.

The protesters were arrested as they tried to march in a restricted area of the capital.

Late Saturday, suspected Maoists shot and killed a policewoman and her child in southwestern Nepal. Police say they were attacked while they were sleeping.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.