Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Subject: U.S. Embassy Kathmandu Warning Message - May 4, 2010

Important Security Information for U.S. Citizens in Nepal

May 4, 2010

The Unified CPN-Maoist Party has been carrying out nationwide strikes since Sunday, May 2, 2010. Large demonstrations and traffic disruptions are occurring around Kathmandu and throughout the country. These strikes, or "bandhs" as they are referred to locally, have been successful in completely shutting down vehicular movement and businesses.

U.S. citizens are strongly urged to avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations and to avoid traveling by wheeled transportation, including buses, cars, and bicycles. U.S. citizens are advised to monitor the situation closely on local media outlets and to stay in your homes or hotels and not move throughout the area unless absolutely necessary. The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu was closed on May 3rd and May 4th and will be closed on May 5th and continue to be closed until the strikes are lifted.

Please remain cognizant and aware of your surroundings and what may transpire. We wish to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.

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