Nepal : seven foreigners detained during a protest against the government

Népal : sept étrangers arrêtés lors d’une manifestation contre le gouvernement

The nepal police has arrested Saturday, ten people, including seven foreigners, during a demonstration of several hundred people in Kathmandu who were protesting against the management of the crisis of the novel coronavirus by the government.

According to a senior police officer, Sushil Kumar, seven foreigners have been arrested : three Chinese, one American, one Australian, one Canadian and one Norwegian.

“It has not been decided if they would be charged,” said Mr. Yadav to the AFP.

The participants, who wore protective masks and placards with the inscription ” that’s enough “, braved the confinement imposed to curb the spread of the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

As earlier in the week, the protesters have called for more screening tests, better infrastructure of quarantine for the returning migrants from abroad and more transparency in government spending.

“This is a period of crisis and the government needs to be accountable,” explained Alisha Shrestha, a student of 23 years who has not been arrested.

On Tuesday, the police had used water cannons, batons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Kathmandu, who criticized already the crisis management of the COVID-19par the government.

Nepal, which has identified 5062 case of COVID-19, and 16 deaths, has imposed a containment general in march. The government has warned that protesters would face six-month prison sentence if they organised gatherings during the confinement.

Tens of thousands of migrant workers of nepal are back in the himalayan country after losing their jobs to India or the Middle East. This influx has overwhelmed the capacity of testing and the infrastructure of quarantine in the border regions.

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