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  Maoist Poster in Rani Paua, Nuwakot
by SumTingWong
 
 

The Maoist movement in Nepal is significant, and can be seen throughout the country. The basic rule of thumb is anywhere the king's government is not the Maoists are.

Now the real question is: are Maoists dangerous? Well, yes, in many ways they are. I have encountered Maoists THREE TIMES, and was forced to FLEE all three times. The Maoists are quite intimidating and want to scare you, then "tax" you. However, they never seemed life threatening.

Here is what happened every time I encountered Maoists: First the Maoists come and demand to talk with you. There was always a small group of them, and one always spoke very good English. You are then forced to have a conference with then (there is no saying no) and they take you to a private area to "chat", and one time I was taken to one of their "headquarters". After they sit you down they explain who they are and what they stand for. They will give you the "class struggle" speech and tell you how devoted they are to their cause. One Maoist even went as far to say that he would kill and die for his cause. Then after about a half hour or so, it is time to pay the "tax". Maoists now charge "taxes" to get some money out of you, and yes you will HAVE to pay it. After about 15 minutes of bargaining, we settled at a USD 6 tax, not bad eh, they started at a 1000. Anyway, they will give you a "safety receipt" and will leave you to go about your business (normally). If they don't give you the receipt, ask for it!

Now that that is said, are the Maoists dangerous? Well, it will cost you a bit of cash to stay "safe" but I still never really felt safe. The Maoists act like a Nepali mafia where I lived. And were quite violent in other parts of the country.

Just for the record, here are the places in where I encountered Maoists: Langtang Nat'l Park, Nuwakot District, and outside of Bhaktapur.

Stay safe and DO NOT GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS!

Note to: Americans say you are from Canada, and British say you are from Australia.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2003
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