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Tibetans allowed to demonstrate in Nepal's capital for the first time

April 29, 2008

International Herald Tribune
Monday, April 28, 2008

KATMANDU, Nepal: Thousands of Tibetans, mostly monks and nuns, held
another of their near-daily demonstrations Monday in Nepal's capital,
urging the U.N. to investigate China's crackdown on protests in their
homeland, but for the first time they were not stopped by police.

The demonstration by about 3,000 people was limited to the western edge
of Katmandu. A police officer said they had orders to allow the protest
as long as participants stayed away from the center of the city and did
not chant any anti-China slogans.

Police have been breaking up every demonstration by Tibetan exiles since
they began almost daily protests on March 10. Nepalese officials have
said they cannot allow protests against China.

Nepal has been accused by the United Nations and human rights groups of
using excessive force in stopping the protests. Police have beaten
participants with batons, fired tear gas and detained hundreds of people.

The protesters marched Monday to the United Nations' human rights
office, where they handed a statement to officials asking the world body
to investigate killings and other alleged violations of human rights in

Doma Tsomo, one of the demonstrators who delivered the statement, said
U.N. officials gave assurances the request would be conveyed to U.N.

Thousands of Tibetan refugees live in Nepal, a key route for Tibetans
fleeing Chinese rule.
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