Anti Government Demonstration organized across the country by the various groups of people mainly citizens without any political alliances involved in the protest all over. Non Responsive and ineffective lockdown has hit the country’s economies very badly and government spending to manage the current situation of the pandemic is not so clear and transparent. The main demand for the peaceful demonstration is to publicize transparently all the current purchases, and fund handlings.
Peaceful demonstrations have been held in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Dharan, Birgunj, and many other parts of the country on Thursday.
The police used tear gas shells and water cannons on those protesting near the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar.
Some of the Demonstration posters captured on camera:
“This is an absolutely nonpolitical and peaceful demonstration by the citizens,” Alok Subedi, who demonstrated in Baluwatar, told reporters. “Youths across the country are networking through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to gather and demonstrating in different cities.”
Most of the protesters pointed out that the citizens have been forced to protest in a lack of effective government steps to address their seemingly simple demands. “COVID-19 tests should wholly be done through PCR. Why are people being tested through rapid diagnostic tests and the lawmakers who they voted for given PCR tests?” they asked. “People should not be discriminated against.”
They claimed that the Facebook page started spontaneously against the government apathy has already attracted 88,000 persons.
The demonstrators are pointing at the ill-managed quarantine facilities put up for those returning from India and asking what the government has spent Rs 10 billion on.
They have been irked by the response of Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli who told the House on Wednesday this is not the time to ask for details of expenses and made unsubstantiated claims that Nepalis have better immunity due to the country’s topography and eating habits. The placards across the country have made fun of those unsubstantiated claims by PM Oli.
The Cabinet meeting Wednesday night decided to relax lockdown in three stages on the recommendation of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) but the government has yet to take a final decision about how to implement that.