Local Maoist rebels made assurances that delegates would be left alone and opposition parties had promised no strikes during the cngress. (Some UK unionists may have felt this was going too far.) The heavily armed crown prince was not consulted, however.
On Tuesday, with insurance companies worrying about post-regicidal civil unrest, the Congress reluctantly decided to relocate to Bangkok. Mr de Gruchy was resigned to the change:"Would the British Government have allowed the SAS to launch an Entebbe-style rescue mission if myself and Doug McAvoy were being held hostage halfway up Mount Everest?" Good question.