Maoist Rebels have begun extorting money from tourists who have come to Nepal to trek the Everest region according to this article at The Raw Story. Despite agreeing to a cease fire in May, which had a condition stating that the rebels would stop abducting or extorting tourists, the Maoists continue to bilk money from foreigners in the region, charging up to 2500 Nepalese rupees (about 35 US dollars) to allow them to pass into the Everest region. Sounds like Nepal has a long way to go before they get all their issues ironed out, and tourists heading to the area has better be aware that they could be shaken down for more cash.
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