Tens of thousands of Nepalese have marched through the capital, Kathmandu demanding an end to years of violence between Maoist rebels and government security forces.

Organizers of the peace rally said Monday they want to mount pressure on the government and the rebels to resume peace talks.

Students and people from all walks of life carried banners and chanted slogans demanding an immediate end to the Maoist rebellion that has claimed more than 10,000 lives since it began in 1996. The rebels want to replace Nepal's constitutional monarchy with a communist state.

The rally was held as a crippling Maoist-called transport blockade of the Kathmandu valley entered its fifth day. The rebels are demanding information about their missing activists who they say disappeared while in custody.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.