Scores of people living in the squatter settlement along the banks of Bagmati River in Thapathali today joined a protest march against the government's recent crackdown.

People, who gathered in Maitighar area, marched on the road towards Baneshwor where they staged a demonstration.

Different organisations such as Samyukta Rastriya Sukumbasi Morcha and Mahila Ekata Samaj joined their cause and shouted slogans against the government and urged it to protect the rights of a landless citizens.

The protesters in the peaceful march displayed placards that read, 'secure the right to housing', 'ensure human rights', 'open doors for talks', 'how long shall we live in fear?', 'stop spreading fear of being landless' and 'land rights now', among others.

The protesters reiterated that they should not be evicted from their settlement without finding alternative ways to reinstate them. Similarly, the protesters have also urged the government to withdraw criminal charges against them filed by Kathmandu Metropolitan City for attacking the municipal city police.

As many as 20 security personnel of the city police were injured after an angry mob in the squatter settlement brutally attacked the city police with stones, bricks and batons on November 28.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 6, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.