Severity: Warning Alert

Civil Unrest: Taxi drivers likely to continue protests in Kathmandu, Nepal, through July 22 following earlier gatherings. Transport disruptions likely.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 10:30 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 22 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: Protests
  • Location(s): Kathmandu (map)
  • Time Frame: Through July 22
  • Impact: Likely increased security, localized transport disruptions; possible clashes

Summary
Taxi drivers are likely to continue protests in Kathmandu through July 22 following demonstrations in recent days demanding the resumption of taxi services. Taxi services have been suspended through July 22 due to the government extending restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Drivers demonstrated outside the Department of Transport Management Office June 30 and July 1, blocking roads near the building. Further protests are likely to take place outside the Department of Transport Management Office. Taxi drivers will also likely try to block major roads. Gatherings could involve between dozens and several hundred people.

Police will likely respond to protest action and may try to break up demonstrations that ignore COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Transport disruptions are likely, especially if taxi drivers block roadways. Clashes are possible, especially if police attempt to disperse protesters.

Advice
Avoid any protests due to the possibility of violence. If clashes occur, leave the area immediately and take shelter in a secure, nongovernmental building. Follow all security personnel instructions. Confirm all travel appointments and plan alternate routes if roads are blocked. Allow additional travel time near demonstrations.


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