Nepal: July 2, 2005


Maoists are increasing their attacks on the families of men in the security forces. In the past, police and army commanders had been attacked, often at home. Now, apparently, the order has gone out to attack families of police and soldiers at any level. In many parts of Nepal, the Maoists claim "control," but only have some organized Maoists groups. There are other groups, based on tribe, politics, or service in the military (Nepalese, or foreign as Gurhkas). The Maoists are  increasingly facing violence when they try to use violence to coerce locals. 

The government is extending press censorship to the internet, blocking two web sites that disagree with the king.


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