Up to 1000 people gathered to protest in the capital Kathmandu on Saturday, June 13, to denounce the government's handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Ten arrests were made at the protests, including seven foreigners who were arrested for interfering with internal affairs, a spokesperson stated.
Protests held on Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday June 11, saw police use water cannon and batons to disperse crowds; no such incidents were reported on Saturday. There were, however, sporadic reports of police confiscating banners and placards from protesters who were on their way to the Maitighar monument in the capital.
Further rallies and a heightened security presence are to be expected in the near term.
The youth-led protests, organised largely on social media, first took place on Tuesday and has spread across the country since then. The protesters are demanding better testing for COVID-19, improvements to quarantine facilities, and an expenditure report.
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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