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Kathmandu Lacks Food and Fuel Amid Anti-Royal Protests


Citizens of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, have begun to suffer shortages of food and fuel as pro-democracy protests and strikes entered their 11th day.

On Sunday, police used teargas and rubber bullets against demonstrators, while an alliance of seven political parties urged people to stop paying taxes to put pressure on King Gyanendra to restore democracy. The political parties also called on international donors to halt aid to the royalist government.

Gasoline has become hard to find, and the price of vegetables has skyrocketed since strikes interrupted deliveries of food and gasoline to the capital.

The street campaign has intensified since the king dismissed the elected government and seized absolute power 14 months ago. The king said he took the action because the politicians failed to control a Maoist rebellion.

Anti-royalists have called for a mass protest on Thursday.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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