French ambassador's car stoned in Nepal

7th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

KATHMANDU, May 7 (AFP) - Pro-democracy demonstrators demanding restoration of elected rule in Nepal hurled stones Friday at the car of the French ambassador, smashing the rear window, police said.

KATHMANDU, May 7 (AFP) - Pro-democracy demonstrators demanding restoration of elected rule in Nepal hurled stones Friday at the car of the French ambassador, smashing the rear window, police said.

The vehicle carrying ambassador Claude Ambrosini, who was not hurt, was pelted with stones as it passed through Kathmandu, where student protesters were battling police, they said.

Other vehicles were also damaged in the demonstration near the royal palace.

"The French ambassador's car was proceeding towards army headquarters to get the national (Nepalese) flag to celebrate the European Union's anniversary function," a police spokesman said. "The French ambassador is safe."

The students were demanding the release of campus leaders who were arrested for holding referendums last month at universities across the country that showed overwhelming support for ending the monarchy.

Kundan Raj Kafle, president of the Free Students' Union, along with the group's treasurer, Prakash Rawal, and three other students were being held on charges of violating Nepal's public offence act.

The students have threatened to step up their demonstrations unless their comrades are released.

The Himalayan kingdom has been rocked by weeks of protests against King Gyanendra demanding that he replace his handpicked royalist government with all-party administration and hold national elections.


© AFP

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