Activists arrested for protests against the dissolution of Nepalese parliament


Twenty-five human rights defenders were detained here on Monday after they clashed with the police during a demonstration against the dissolution of the House of Representatives by Prime Minister KP Sharm Oli.

According to eyewitnesses, the police used water cannons and truncheons against the protesters who broke through the police barricade and headed towards the prime minister’s residence. On the orders of Prime Minister Oli, human rights defenders organized a symbolic protest against the dissolution of the House.

“The police used excessive force against peaceful agitators,” said a human rights activist who participated in the protest.

Protesters carried posters with slogans such as “down with totalitarianism”, “restore the House of Representatives”.

Police detained 25 human rights defenders, including high-level human rights activist Krishna Pahari from the scene.

The Baluvatar area, where the Prime Minister’s official residence is located, remained tense after the protest.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 after Oli unexpectedly recommended the disbandment of the 275-strong House amid a power struggle with the leader of the faction of the Nepalese Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda.

As recommended by the prime minister, President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House on the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, sparking protests from a large section of the KPK led by Prachanda, also the co-chairman of the ruling party. .

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