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Tibetan protesters arrested in Nepal

June 29, 2009

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepalese police on Friday arrested 34 Tibetan exiles who
tried to stage a demonstration near the Chinese border, witnesses said.

The Tibetans were stopped by police as they were driving to the border, and
were arrested as they were continuing on foot, the witnesses said.

The activists waved placards and chanted anti-China slogans and said they
were protesting Chinese suppression of Tibetan people.

"We are going to keep them in police custody until we hear from our
headquarters," said police officer Abhaya Joshi.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans, who began arriving in large
numbers in 1959 after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled China into
exile in India.

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal has upheld Beijing's "one China"
policy that Tibet is an integral part of China, and has repeatedly said it
will not tolerate anti-China demonstrations as it seeks to preserve friendly
ties with its northern neighbour.

Authorities here maintained tight security this year to quell any possible
unrest related to the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising in Tibet which
led to the Dalai Lama's departure.

Worldwide protests erupted last year after China cracked down on
demonstrators in Tibet marking the March 10 anniversary of the 1959
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