After nearly three weeks of intensifying protests, a breakthrough has been reached in the political situation which has led to the protests being called off. Rallies are being held across Nepal to mark a ‘victory’ against the king. Mobile phone services have also resumed in the Kathmandu Valley.
While this means that the situation can improve somewhat in Nepal (especially around Kathmandu), the Maoists have remained cautious to the announcement. They have vowed to continue bloackades of roads across the country and a wave of protests by their cadres until their goal of constituent assembly elections is achieved. Remain concious of this, and the disruption it could cause, while travelling (or planning a trip) in Nepal. Although, as ever, it must be clarified that tourists are generally not the intended target of Maoists ‘actions’ and if you are travelling in a clearly marked tourist vehicle you should be OK.
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