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Nepal police arrest 120 Tibetan protesters

September 1, 2008

AFP
August 28, 2008

KATHMANDU (AFP) -- About 120 Tibetan exiles were arrested Thursday in
the Nepalese capital Kathmandu as they attempted to protest in front
of a Chinese embassy building, police said.

"We've taken around 120 protesters into detention and they'll be
released later this evening," said senior police officer Ramesh Thapa.

Tibetans have protested almost daily here since deadly unrest erupted
against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region in March. Beijing
responded to the unrest with a crackdown that earned international
condemnation.

Sandwiched between China and India, Nepal -- home to around 20,000
Tibetan refugees -- has banned pro-Tibet protests and recognises
Beijing's "one China" policy, under which Tibet and Taiwan are seen
as integral parts of China.

The new Maoist government in Kathmandu has indicated it may take a
tougher line against the protests in future although a senior
official said no new policy had yet been drafted.

After travelling to Beijing on his first foreign trip, Prime Minister
Prachanda -- the former Maoist rebel leader -- said the government
would "strongly implement the policies with regard to anti-China protests."

"The government has not finalised anything but ... they might take
stronger actions in future," home ministry secretary Modraj Dottel
told AFP, without elaborating.
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