U.S. Backs the Hated Nepal Police
Posted by hetty7 on February 15, 2011
During the long years of guerrilla warfare starting in the 1990s, it was the paramilitary Nepal Police who were often the most direct and brutal opponents of the revolution. This force was implicated in murder and rape. They hunted down political activists to kill and torture them. And they punished villages associated with the revolution. It was the police who were posted out in rural areas and conducted many assaults on the people. And it was this police force who was the target of the revolutionary movement — and was driven out of one provincial town after another. Now they form a bastion of the old power structure in the capital of Nepal.
Here is news that the U.S. government is financing a new Police Command Center in the capital of Nepal and promising ongoing support for this armed group.
We ask our readers to consider what this means: What is the U.S. wanting to strengthen within Nepal? What role will this new Center play in the sharp political struggles ahead? By what right does this foreign power intervene in Nepal to prop up such hated and discredited institutions? What should people in the U.S. do to expose and oppose such actions by the U.S. government — in a country with a rare and ongoing popular revolution?
Help us expose and oppose U.S. counterinsurgency against the revolution in Nepal.
This article is from nepalnews.com
U.S. Assures Support for Nepal Police
Feb. 13, 2011: US Under Secretary for Global Affairs Maria Otero , who is in Nepal on a three-day visit since Saturday, helped dedicate the Nepal Police Command Centre, along with Chief of the Nepal Police Ramesh Thakuri and senior police staff, Sunday. She further assured support for Nepali Police in the future.
A statement issued by the US embassy in Kathmandu said the event at the Command Centre marked the culmination of an $850,000 information technology improvement project that began as a joint effort between the US and the Nepal Election Commission to improve communication around the country.
Under Secretary Otero said, “The U.S. Government has a robust partnership with the Nepal Police because we understand that improving law and order in Nepal and protecting Nepalis’ security are essential tasks for a country coming out of the insecurity of a long conflict. A strong and professional police force can be an immeasurable benefit in Nepal.”
She also mentioned that the United States looks forward to working with the Nepal Police authorities to identify areas of further collaboration in the coming days.
In addition to the Command Centre and similar communication improvement projects around the country, the United States has been funding the reconstruction of police posts that were destroyed during the conflict and offers a range of training programs to the Nepal Police including airport security, natural resource protection, counter-terrorism, international peace keeping, stopping human trafficking and respecting human rights.nepalnews.com