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Nepal bans protests ahead of Tibetan revolt anniversary

March 9, 2010

February 28, 2009

Kathmandu, Feb 28 (IANS) -- With less than a
fortnight left for the 50th anniversary of a
failed Tibetan uprising against China, Nepal,
home to thousands of Tibetans, has declared a ban on protests by the diaspora.

The district administration in Kathmandu, which
last year witnessed continuous protests by
Tibetans for almost eight months, has prohibited
all protests near the Chinese embassy and its visa office from Saturday.

The indefinite curb extends to all areas within
200 metres of the Chinese embassy.

In 2008, when Tibetan protests grew stronger
after Beijing got to host the Olympic Games, the
Chinese embassy witnessed a series of
unprecedented demonstrations by Tibetans including monks and nuns.

The protests at times grew violent due to police
intervention, causing the US to condemn the excessive use of force by Nepal.

Now, with March 10 coming closer, China fears a
resurrection of last year’s tumult or worse.

On that day in 1959, Tibetans rose in revolt
against Chinese forces. However, the uprising was
put down, leading to the flight of Tibetan
spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to India.

Every year, Tibetans worldwide remember the day with protests and prayers.

This year being the 50th anniversary of the
rebellion, the protests are likely to be more
intense, especially since China has declared the
day a public holiday to be celebrated as the “Emancipation of Serfs”.

Nepal’s move comes after three quick visits in a
row by Chinese delegations from Beijing to
Kathmandu to ensure there are no embarrassing protests this time.

The new government of Nepal is ruled by the
former Maoist guerrillas, whose cadres regard
themselves disciples of Mao Zedong and therefore
think they are close to the communist republic in spirit.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has
vowed that his government would uphold the One
China principle that regards Tibet as an integral part of China.

He has also assured the Chinese delegations that
Nepal would not allow its soil to be used for anti-China activities.

In a few months, Prachanda is scheduled to visit
China again, his second trip to that country
since taking office in August. He is expected to
finalise or sign a new treaty of peace and friendship with China.

Since the Maoists came to power in Nepal after
winning an election in April, security forces
have been keeping a tighter watch on Nepal’s northern border with China.

In the past, Nepal allowed itself to be used as a
transit for hundreds of Tibetans, including women
and children, trying to flee to Dharamshala in
India, the seat of the Dalai Lama’s “government in exile”.

However, since last year, the number has
decreased drastically, with less than 100 successful flights a month now.
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