U.S. State Department Warns Against Travel to Nepal
Destination & Tourism | January 12, 2011
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning of potential risks of traveling to Nepal and urging caution when traveling in that country. U.S. citizens are urged to obtain updated security information before traveling and they should be prepared to change their plans on short notice. The department warns of the continuing possibility of political demonstrations, unrest, and concerns about travel in Nepal by road and air.
Nepal has experienced significant political violence in the past and, although there have been markedly fewer major disturbances in recent months, political tensions remain. Protests, demonstrations, and disruptions continue to occur, often without advance notice. In a strike imposed by the Unified CPN-Maoist Party on May 3 to 7, 2010, business and transportation were brought to a standstill. During this strike, large demonstrations were held and incidents of localized violence occurred. During past demonstrations, some protestors forcibly closed businesses, damaged vehicles, burned tires to block traffic, threw rocks, and used sling shots with petrol bombs to provoke security forces into clashes.
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