Demonstration Alert – Political Rally in Kathmandu District, Nepal (January 21, 2021)

Location: Ratna Park, City Center, and Exhibition Road, Kathmandu District, Nepal 

Event:  A large political protest of approximately 40,000 to 70,000 people will rally at points near Ratna Park before proceeding around the Tundikhel, along Putali Sadak, and to Exhibition Road in central Kathmandu on Friday, January 22, 2021, beginning around 11:00 hours.  While likely to be peaceful, traffic will be disrupted in the surrounding areas, and there will be a large security presence.  Potential use of crowd control measures by Nepal Police and other security forces remain possible.

All individuals and organizations are strongly advised to avoid Ratna Park, City Center and Exhibition Road in central Kathmandu and surrounding areas.  Should you find yourself in a large crowd or unexpected protest, you should attempt to depart the area immediately.  If you are unable to leave this area during the protest, please find a safe place to shelter.  Crowds such as this one can be highly dynamic and shift direction with little notice.

You are encouraged to exercise caution when engaged in activities or operations in and around this area.  Should any individual or organization notice a suspicious item in their vicinity, they are encouraged to notify their nearest Nepal Police office.

 Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not engage in argumentative or combative behavior if challenged or told that you cannot go to access a certain area.
  • Monitor local news stations for updates.
  • Maintain a high level of vigilance.
  • Take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
  • Use good judgment, common sense, and patience when driving.  Do not attempt to drive through any crowd that you might encounter.
  • Given the potential for explosive devices, do not approach suspicious packages.  Clear the area and immediately report them to the police.
  • If you happen upon a bomb disposal operation, do not stop and watch even if you are outside the cordoned off area.  Immediately vacate the area.

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