Police shot and wounded four pro-democracy protesters in a capital suburb Saturday and arrested dozens in raids on homes to quell mushrooming demands for political freedom in the Himalayan kingdom.
Despite the early morning police crackdown in the Katmandu suburb of Patan, about 7,000 demonstrators spilled into the streets in the afternoon for a second rally and organizers vowed not to be intimidated by the killings Friday of two pro-democracy activists."We will counter murder with murder!" the protesters chanted.
Since Feb. 18 a democracy movement has tried to break King Birendra's hold on power. It has led to thousands of arrests, at least 16 deaths and paralyzing strikes by professionals, students and others.
There has been little direct criticism of the king, which would be a criminal offense, but the movement appeared to be broadening.