Chariot Festival Begins in Kathmandu

Seto Machhindranath is revered as the ‘Lord of Compassion’

The chariot procession of the Seto (white) Machhindranath deity started on Thursday, April 6 amid tension in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. The day marked the start of a four day general strike called by the seven political party alliance.

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Nepal Government Bans Peaceful Public Gatherings

Ban will be effective within Kathmandu valley

The government of Nepal will ban peaceful public gatherings and assemblies within Kathmandu valley beginning April 5 until further notice. But on April 4, I witnessed a number of incidents in which people were barred from exercising their right to protest peacefully. [...]