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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibetans clash with Nepal police, 200 held

August 20, 2008

August 19, 2008

KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Nepali police detained about 200 Tibetan
exiles who tried to march to the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu on
Tuesday protesting against China's crackdown in their homeland in
March, police said.

Protesters, including nuns and monks, shouted "China, thief, leave
our country" and "We want free Tibet" as they were picked up by police

Protests have been staged regularly since March but the Tibetans have
intensified their anti-China demonstrations since the Olympic Games
began in Beijing on Aug. 8.

Nearly 10,000 refugees have been detained in Nepal so far. Most are
released after a day or so.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetans. Thousands fled Tibet
after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Nepal considers Tibet as part of China and bans political activities
by the exiles. Despite this, Tibetans regularly stage protests
calling for freedom in their homeland.
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