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(generated from captions) There have been more violent protests in Nepal with police in Katmandu firing tear gas at anti-monarchy demonstrators. Nepal's political parties are vowing to starve the royal family of taxes

and cripple the economy unless the King restores democracy. John Stewart reports. Armed riot police fired rounds of tear gas shells and used batons to chase protesters in running battles throughout Katmandu. Demonstrators fought back, pelting police with stones and burning tyres. The latest violence comes after 11 days of protests and a general strike across the country organised by Nepal's opposition parties. It is now more than a year since Nepal's King Gyanendrah sacked the government and many of Katmandu's 1.5 million citizens are demanding a return to democracy. (Speaks Nepali) TRANSLATION: The King should listen. The King is also Nepalese, he is also a Nepalese citizen.

If he has no feeling for Nepal and its people then even we have no sympathy for the royal regime and the King of Nepal. CHANTING Nepal's seven major opposition parties have called on citizens to stop paying taxes and halt payments for water, electricity and telephone services. The aim is to shut down the economy and force the King to reinstate a democratic system.

The effects of the 11-day general strike are now starting to bite with long queues at petrol stations and basic food supplies running low.

In Melbourne, the Australian Nepalese community staged a rally supporting the strike. It's really bad over there because the King's heavy handedness has taken the country to the brink of, you know, Third state, so we want to prevent that situation from happening. King Gyanendrah has promised to open up dialogue with the 7-party opposition and hold elections next year,

but protestors say the King is not to be trusted and are vowing to continue the general strike for as long as it takes. A mass protest is planned for later this week with hundreds of thousands of citizens expected to increase the pressure on the King. John Stewart, Lateline.