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Tibetan leaders in Nepal arrested from their homes

June 20, 2008

By Tenzin Choephel, Phayul Correspondent
June 19, 2008

RTWA Kathmandu President Ngawang Sangmo (R) and Vice President Tashi Dolma (L)
Kathmandu, June 19 - Three Tibetan leaders, Kelsang Chung, Director
of the Tibetan Reception Center, Ngawang Sangmo and Tashi Dolma,
President and Vice President of the Regional Tibetan Women's
Association were arrested from their homes at around 8 am this
morning by plain clothes police officers.

Drakpa Tenzin, President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress
confirmed the arrest to Phayul and said the three are currently being
held at Boudha Police Station. He also said, "I was not at home, my
family informed me that around 8 am plain clothes police officers
came to my house to arrest me. I also heard they visited the house of
Representative of the Dalai Lama in Nepal Trinley Gyatso but he too
was not home so we have not been arrested yet".

Another source confirmed that the three have been taken from Bouda
Police Station to Hanuman Dhoka Police Station and are currently
being detained at the Dilli Bazar Karaghar Prison. The source also
said that they have been issued an arrest warrant stating that the
Tibetan protests in Nepal (since March 10) have seriously undermined
the bilateral relationship between Nepal and China and they will be
imprisoned for a period of three months.

However, Tibetans in Nepal have planned to go ahead with a mass
protest at the Chinese Consulate in Hattisar, Kathmandu today despite
the arrests. Most of the Tibetan businesses and shops are closed to
observe a black day due to the arrival of the torch in Tibet. Another
Tibetan told Phayul that the preemptive arrests of Tibetan leaders is
probably due to announcement of a 'March from Nepal to Tibet' by some
Tibetan volunteers openly listing names of participants and
collecting donations for the purpose.
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