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Tibetans resume protests in Nepal, 72 held

September 11, 2008

Tue Sep 9, 2008 5:35pm IST

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police detained 72 Tibetan exiles as they 
tried to storm a Chinese consular office in Kathmandu on Tuesday, 
resuming anti-Beijing protests after a brief lull.

Refugees got down from public buses near the walled premises of a visa 
office of the Chinese embassy, but were stopped by police from 
marching ahead.

Protesters, including nuns and monks demanding human rights in Tibet, 
then squatted and slept on the road before being picked up by police 
and hauled into trucks.

"If there is the word human rights in the United Nations dictionary it 
should be put into practice in Tibet," the Tibetan Volunteers Group in 
Nepal said in a leaflet distributed during the protests.

Impoverished Nepal considers Tibet as part of China, its influential 
neighbour and key donor as well as trade partner, and does not allow 
Tibetans to engage in anti-China activities.

Yet the exiles have been organising regular protests since the 
crackdown by China on protests in Lhasa and neighbouring areas in March.

More than 20,000 exiles have been living in Nepal since fleeing their 
homes after a failed uprising against Beijing in 1959.

(For the latest Reuters news on Nepal see: in.reuters.com, for blogs 
see blogs.reuters.com/in/)
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