| March 20, 2019
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UK asks nationals to shun Nepal protests

 British national Martin Benjamin Travers (wearing blue cap) being released from Metropolitan Police Circle, Singha Durbar. British national Martin Benjamin Travers (wearing blue cap) being released from Metropolitan Police Circle, Singha Durbar. (Republica File Photo )
KATHMANDU, May 20: The United Kingdom has asked its citizens not to participate in any protests, rallies or strikes taking place in Nepal while they are visiting here.

“If you're involved in any political activities in Nepal you may be liable to penalties including deportation and/or a fine,” reads a travel advisory issued by the UK government on Friday.


Stating that disagreements arising from Nepal's new constitution have led to protests, rallies and strikes occurring frequently throughout Nepal, the UK government suggested its citizens monitor the local media and follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators.

“Stay away from protest areas,” it said.

It has also suggested to Britons visiting Nepal not to trek alone. “Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes and walk with at least one other person,” it added.

Around 40,000 British nationals visited Nepal in 2013.

The travel advice has come a few days after Nepal police arrested British tourist Martin Benjamin Travers on the charge of participating in a sit-in staged by the Federal Alliance.

The Briton, who was arrested on Monday, was released Tuesday after police concluded that he wasn't politically involved and had no affiliation with agitating political groups.