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Nepal Arrests His Holiness Dalai Lama's Representative Ahead of March Anniversary

March 9, 2010

YC. Dhardhowa.
The Tibet Post International
March 8, 2010

Dharamshala -- Ahead of the 51st anniversary of a
failed uprising by Tibetans against the invasion
and annexation of their Himalayan country by the
Communist regime of China, Nepal police Sunday
arrested the representative of exiled Tibetan
spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Kathmandu.

Mr Thinley Gyatso, the representative of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama who is free spokesman for
the six million Tibetans was taken into detention
by Nepal police as a preventive measure to
pre-empt the protests Nepal feels will be staged
on its soil on March 10, said Nepal News.

The Nepal government had closed the office of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in
Kathmandu in 2005, saying that since it
recognized Tibet as an integral part of China, it
could not allow a parallel diplomatic office.

Since then, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
representative has been functioning in Nepal as
the chief of an NGO, the Tibetan Refugee Welfare
Centre. Thinley Gyatso was also arrested in 2008
when a wave of anti-China protests by Tibetans
rocked Nepal and embarrassed China, that was then hosting the Olympic Games.

On March 10, 1959, Tibetans staged a revolt
against the Chinese occupation of their country
that, however, was brutally put down. More than
1.2 million Tibetans (one fifth of the
population) are known to have died as a result of
Chinese oppression, over 6,000 monasteries and
institutions have been destroyed. Monks and nuns
have received particularly brutal treatment,
being beaten and murdered by Chinese soldiers.

Since then, every year, Tibetans worldwide
observe the day as Tibetan Uprising Day. Nepal is
home to over 20,000 Tibetan refugees in about 12
settlements across the Nepal and every year, over
2000 use the country as a transit to escape to India.

Ahead of the anniversary, bowing to Chinese
pressure, Nepalese authorities have begun a
crackdown on the Tibetan diaspora as well as refugees.

Nearly three dozen fleeing refugees, including a
large number of women, have been arrested from
Nepal's border with Tibet since last month.
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