Curfew In Place

Sep 5, 2020

A curfew is currently in effect in neighborhoods of the Lalitpur district that are located inside the Ring Road — from the Balkhu bridge to Manohara bridge — until 2200 local time (1615 UTC) on 4 September 2020. Officials imposed the curfew at 0400 local time following clashes between locals and police officers on 3 September. Approximately 800 people had gathered in the Pulchowk area in an attempt to start the traditional Rato Macchindranath chariot procession despite current movement restrictions. Police officers fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, who threw rocks, debris and other projectiles at the officers. At least four police officers and several demonstrators were injured in the violence. One police vehicle was damaged. The violence broke out after police officers stopped the participants from performing the procession due to existing coronavirus-related restrictions that prohibit through 9 September all nonessential activities — including large-scale gatherings — in Kathmandu Valley, which encompasses Lalitpur as well as Bhaktapur and Kathmandu districts.

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