Hundreds of protesters participated in a demonstration in Kathmandu on Tuesday, June 9, to demand better testing and quarantine facilities to better combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Protesters reportedly marched through the streets chanting slogans when security forces deployed water cannons to disperse the crowd; ten protesters were arrested during the demonstration.
Further rallies and a heightened security presence are to be expected in the near term.
Individuals in Nepal are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protest sites, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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