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Nepal jails Tibetan protesters without trial for 90 days

March 15, 2010

Phayul - March 12, 2010

Dharamsala, March 12: At least Sixteen Tibetan exiles arrested after they
attempted to storm the Chinese Embassy in Nepal's capital earlier this week
will remain in jail without trial for 90 days, Nepalese officials have said.

Kathmandu police chief Ganesh Chettri said the sentence was ordered by the
chief district officer under the public security act, according to a report
by AP.

The detainees were stopped at the gates of the Chinese Embassy's visa
office, where they were trying to break in Wednesday, the report said.

Tibetan exiles in Nepal marked the 51st anniversary of the 1959 National
Uprising against China's colonial rule over Tibet with protests in Kathmandu
despite government attempts to prevent the demonstrations.

A small group of exiles reportedly defied a government ban to gather outside
the Chinese embassy's consular section in the Nepalese capital.

Police broke up the protests and detained 34 demonstrators. The remaining 18
were reportedly freed.

Police sealed off the area to prevent the Tibetans from protesting elsewhere
in the city.

The demonstrators chanted free Tibet slogans and called for greater
international efforts against the continued Chinese rule in their homeland.

Tibetans in Nepal have been protesting regularly against China since 2008,
after unrests across Tibet were suppressed with violent military crackdown
by Chinese Communist authorities.

Those who defied government order were stopped by Nepali police, often using
excessive force. The demonstrators regularly faced arrests, intimidation and
in some cases individual threats and arbitrary detention.

Earlier this week, Nepal increased security along its northern border and
banned protests near the Chinese embassy.

Nepal's brutal handling of Tibetan protesters had come under intense
international criticism and the government had been accused of cracking down
on the refugees under Chinese pressure.
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