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600 Tibetan Protesters Detained in Nepal

May 12, 2008

By The Associated Press
May 11, 2008 Filed at 10:43 a.m. ET

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Police detained more than 600 female Tibetan
protesters, including many Buddhist nuns, on Sunday after breaking up
several demonstrations against China's recent crackdown in Tibet.

It was the largest number of protesters detained on a single day
since Tibetan exiles began almost daily protests in March against
Chinese policies in Tibet and the first time that only women demonstrated.

The protesters held three separate rallies in Katmandu but were
quickly stopped by police. More than 600 protesters were being held
in detention centers in Katmandu, said police official R.P. Dhamala.

The first group was stopped even before they could enter a street
from an open area where they had gathered.

''Just to create what is happening in Tibet we wanted to do a silent
march here, a peaceful silent march,'' said Doma Tsomo, who was among
the protesters. ''Unfortunately even before we could start police
started arresting people.''

A second group managed to enter the street but was quickly stopped by
police and taken away in buses and trucks. The third group, which was
smaller, protested near the Chinese Embassy's visa office and was
also detained.

Detained protesters are generally freed by police later in the day.

Nepal's police have broken up almost all anti-China protests by
Tibetan exiles during the past several weeks and detained
participants. Officials say they will not allow protests that could
harm Nepal's friendly relations with neighboring China.

The Tibetan exiles have mainly been protesting in front of the United
Nations offices and the Chinese Embassy in Katmandu.

Security has been stepped up around the embassy since the protests
began, with hundreds of police posted on the streets leading to the building.

The United Nations and international rights groups have criticized
Nepal for using what they say is excessive force to stop the
protests. Police have beaten people with batons and dragged them
through the streets while detaining them.
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