Security tightened in capital ahead of parliamentary debates on MCC pact – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 25

As the deadline for ratification of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact approaches, anti-American protests have taken to the streets of the capital and have left it chaotic.

Protesters and security personnel have clashed regularly, including on Thursday when cadres from various communist parties and other fringe parties came together to stage protests.

With this in mind, security measures have been reinforced in the valley, particularly around restricted areas.

Members of the Nepal Police Armed Police and Riot Police have been deployed in New Baneshwar and Maitighar areas which have become something of a hotspot for these protests.

Likewise, security measures have been reinforced in and around the Baluwatar area, where the Prime Minister’s official residence is located. A heavy police presence is also visible around Singhadurbar – the country’s federal administrative center, and other sensitive areas.

Deliberations on the MCC pact, originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, were postponed until 1:00 p.m. today amid protests and a lack of consensus among political parties on the issue.

Read more: Ram Kumar Kamat’s story for today