Kathmandu, February 20, 2022: Riot police fired at least 30 rounds of rubber bullets and 115 rounds of tear gas, and used dozens of water cannons and baton to disperse protesters gathered around Baneshwor area demonstrating against the Millennium Challenge Corporation almost all day long today.
The area between New Baneshwor and Bijulibazar remained tense throughout the day after protestors hurled stones and bricks at security personnel, who were deployed in large numbers. As the scenario started getting worse, riot police deployed heavy force to disperse the masses of demonstrators. After the protest was over in the evening, the deserted Baneshwor-Bijulibazar area was filled with pelted stones, bricks and sandals of the protestors.
During the clash, 16 security personnel suffered injuries and scores of protestors were injured. Of those injured in the protest, seven sustained serious injury. They were taken to Civil Hospital and National Trauma Centre. Two dozen security shields and dozens of batons of riot police were broken during the clash.
Sporadic clashes occurred almost all day long as the cadres of various political parties, mostly communist parties, separately organized the protest. The protesters also included the cadres of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and CPN (United Socialist) led by Madhav Kumar Nepal. Both the parties had okayed the tabling of the MCC at the Parliament to allow the issue to be discussed in the House of Representatives so as to avoid such violence.
However, hundreds of cadres of the two parties joined today’s protest.
The cadres of communist parties such as the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, Mohan Bikram Singh-led CPN (Masal), Mohan Baidya-led CPN (Revolutionary Maoist), Rishi Kattel-led Communist Party of Nepal, Bishwo Bhakta Dulal-led Scientific Socialist Communist Party, Karnajit Budhathoki-led CPN (Maoist Center Socialist), and CP Gajurel-led Deshbhakta Janaganatrantrik Morcha, also joined today’s protest. These parties have been organizing similar protest programmmes against the MCC pact since the past few days.
Fifty-three protestors were arrested from the protest site. The arrested were being kept in Nepal Police Health Club until late evening.
SP Santosh Singh Rathaur of Rani Pokhari Police Office said that they would be released by today.
Kathmandu, February 16, 2022: At least 150 people were arrested today in Kathmandu while protesting against the Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, a United States-backed $500-million grant project.
Protesters from Communist parties who were taking part in a march against the compact, mouthing angry chants against the US, clashed with security forces in New Baneshwor when they tried the security cordon around the House of Representatives.
Police unleashed water cannon against protesters, charged at them with batons, and even fired more than 10 tear gas shells in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators. In retaliation, protesters hurled bricks and stones at cops.
At least 15 police personnel and scores of protesters were hurt during the clash.
Later, police arrested around 100 protesters, including 10 women, from the clash site.
Those arrested were detained at Nepal Police Health Club in Bhrikutimandap before being freed in the evening.
Some 50 cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, including three women, were held from Kathmandu valley this morning.
The CPN had called for Nepal bandh today against the ruling Nepali Congress’ desire to table the MCC compact at the House of Parliament today.