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Nepalese Police Detain 7 Anti-Monarchy Activists

Nepalese police have detained seven anti-monarchy activists after they staged a protest in the capital, Kathmandu, against King Gyanendra's seizure of absolute power last month.

Witnesses say police arrested the seven, all members of the Nepali Congress party, Sunday as they shouted pro-democracy slogans and unfurled the party's flags.

The king 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 stop Maoist insurgents who have been fighting nearly a decade to replace the monarchy with a communist state. So far, the violence has killed more than 10,000 people.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.