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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Nepal orders 3 Tibetans jailed for protest freed

March 25, 2010

Associated Press

Nepal's supreme court ordered the release of three Tibetan exiles being held
under a public security law for protesting against China.

A court notice said the judges in their ruling Monday found there was no
evidence the three were a threat to the public and ordered the government to
immediately free them.

The exiles were among nearly two dozen Tibetans arrested earlier in March
for trying to storm the Chinese Embassy's visa office in the capital
Katmandu. Tibetans in Nepal have protested regularly against China since
2008 _ a source of embarrassment to Nepal's government, which wants strong
ties with Beijing and has banned anti-China demonstrations.

Twenty-three exiles were ordered held for 90 days under the public security
act, which allows authorities to take action against those determined to be
a threat to the public. The three ordered released filed a petition
challenging the government decision. The other 20 protesters remain jailed.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles live in Nepal, and hundreds more are allowed to
pass through the country on their way to Dharmasala, India, where the Dalai
Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, lives in exile.

China claims Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans
say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries until
Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s. They say Beijing rules the region with
a heavy hand and have called for independence or greater autonomy.
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