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Nepal police detain Tibetan exiles

August 17, 2009

August 14, 2009

KATHMANDU -- At least 25 Tibetan exiles were
detained Friday as they staged an anti-China
demonstration in front of a United Nations office
in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, police said.

The protesters shouted "Free Tibet" and "We want
Justice" as they were dragged into waiting police
vans and driven to a nearby police station.

"We have rounded up 25 Tibetans as they protested
in the restricted zone," police officer Ramesh Thapa told AFP.

"They will probably be freed by evening time," he said.

Authorities in Nepal have stepped up security
around the United Nations office and Chinese
embassy building to prevent anti-China demonstrations this year.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans
who began arriving in large numbers in 1959 after
the Dalai Lama fled the region after a failed uprising.

The government has repeatedly said it will not
tolerate anti-China activity as it seeks to
preserve friendly ties with its northern neighbour.

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal has
upheld Beijing's "One China" policy that views
Tibet as an integral part of China.

Some 2,500 Tibetans used to make the dangerous
trip from Chinese-controlled Tibet to Nepal every year.

But activists say the number has fallen sharply
since China mobilised its military in Tibet in March 2008.
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