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FF condemns use of force to silence protesters

FF condemns use of force to silence protesters

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Freedom Forum has been concerned over police suppression on a peaceful protest against the government in Kathmandu on March 21. Kathmandu is the federal capital city of Nepal.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal arrived at a program organized to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu at around 2 pm.

Meanwhile, a youth at the program stood up and started shouting slogans against bank's  interest. He also demanded the government to lower current bank's interest on loan. Then, police officers on duty forcefully took him under control.

Police officers arrested three youths- Uddhab Basnet, Biplav Khadka and Som Sharma. They have been charged with 'indecent behaviour' and will be kept in detention for three more days, according to the local police station, New Baneshwor.

The incident depicts sheer intolerance of the government towards public voice. Nepal's constitution guarantees citizen's right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression.  Suppressing public voice with the use of power is silencing citizen's rights.

FF strongly urges the concerned authority to fairly investigate upon the case and release them immediately. 

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