Another person has died in Nepal as a result of the king's order to shoot and kill protestors. Despite the threat and actions, protestors continue to come out and demand democracy and the end of the monarchy which previously enjoyed support from the West. After weeks of mass protests and questionable support from the police, the king's days may be numbered. It's bad enough having royal-like families in our own democracies but for any royal families to continue playing a role in any country, let alone ruling it, is so 19th century.
And still the protesters came, refusing to be cowed. "These are not protests any more. This is a revolution," said Harish Dhal, a demonstrator. "We don't want a monarchy. We want real democracy."
To stop the mass rallies called by the democratic opposition, the King had ordered a curfew across central Kathmandu. Determined to go ahead with the rallies, protesters began streaming into the suburbs of Kathmandu, gathering at the edge of the curfew zone in six or seven meeting places.
Even among the police who were keeping the protesters at bay, there was precious little support for the King. "The police are very tired," said a senior officer commanding the barricades. "Do the police support the King? That is a very difficult question for me to answer. Some do. As for the rest of us, well, you can guess."