Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse protesters on Sunday near parliament in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The protesters were protesting the infrastructure program funded by the US, which has been introduced in Parliament. Some protesters were also injured in clashes with the police.
Stones pelted at police during a protest near Parliament in Kathmandu
Protesters burn tires on the streets to protest US aid
The police fired tear gas shells and water cannons at the protesters.
Protesters threw stones at water cannons during water cannon
Why is the protest happening?
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a US government aid agency. This agency had agreed to give a grant of $ 500 million to Nepal in 2017. With this fund 300 km of power transmission line is to be set up in Nepal. Along with this, funds will also be used to improve the condition of roads.
Infrastructure projects connecting India-Nepal are also included. This assistance amount is also not to be returned. But, opponents say that the agreement should be amended as some of its provisions could threaten Nepal’s sovereignty.
Opponents say that this agreement is being done to reduce the influence of China, while Nepal does not want to go against any country. He wants to maintain the best relationship. America can build its military bases in Nepal on the pretext of this help. This is his strategy to stop China.
Police used sticks before detaining a protester
2.4 crore people to benefit
Despite strong opposition, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki placed an agreement in Parliament and said that the project would benefit 24 million out of Nepal’s 30 million population. He said that the grant would be an important tool for the socio-economic development of the country.