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Nepal police detain Tibetans

July 15, 2009

KATMANDU (Nepal) July 14 (AP) - POLICE broke up a pro-Tibet 
demonstration in front of the United Nations office in Nepal's capital 
on Tuesday and detained dozens of protesters.

Tibetans in Nepal have held several demonstrations in the past year to 
demand an end to Chinese rule in their homeland and denounce the 
alleged killings of Tibetans by Chinese troops during last year's anti-
government riots in Lhasa.

But the government issued a fresh warning last week saying 
participants in any protests against China would face imprisonment.

'Free Tibet. Stop killings in Tibet. Wake up UN, investigate the 
killings,' the protesters chanted Tuesday at the United Nations' 
office in Katmandu.

Police quickly moved in to stop the protest and when the two dozen 
protesters refused to leave, they were loaded into police vans and 
taken to detention centers.

Thousands of Tibetan refugees live in Nepal, while thousands more are 
allowed to pass through the country on their way to Dharmasala, India, 
where the Dalai Lama lives in exile.

The protests are a source of embarrassment to Nepal's government, 
which wants strong ties with China. Beijing has repeatedly asked Nepal 
to better control Tibetan refugees within its borders and stop the 

China claims Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many 
Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for 
centuries until Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s.
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