So less than half an hour ago we got word through the internet that the Maoists have called off the strike. This comes after a day filled with close calls on clashes, and a very large peace rally in Durbar Square aimed at putting pressure on stopping the foolishness that is the bandha called for by the Maoists.
With the potential for a counter popular uprising directed at the Maoists from the citizens of the city they were shutting down, I think they realized if they didn't call off the strike that there would soon be violence, and in a sense of irony it would largely be the police having to protect the Maoists. Politically that disaster is even more bitter than the position they are taking now which will undoubtedly weaken their position in Nepali politics.
Assuming that the strike would go through the weekend I had rented a mountain bike to ride out to the endge of the valley on the barren roads...doesn't look like that will happen. Looks like I'll be riding in the exhaust filled chaotic Kathmandu streets I've come to love.