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50 arrested as pro-Tibetan protests hit in Nepal

March 19, 2008

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

KATMANDU, Nepal: Nepali police arrested about 50 protesters Tuesday who
were demonstrating to demand a U.N. investigation into China's crackdown
on Tibet, officials said. It was the third protest in recent days close
to the U.N. headquarters in the capital Katmandu.

Around 200 people Tibetan exiles and monks took part in the
demonstration. Police arrested around 50 who refused to leave the area,
witnesses said. It was not clear whether they would be charged, but most
of those detained in recent days have been freed by the evening.

A police official said officers were under orders to breakup the
protests. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing police policy.

At a Tibetan refugee camp in the capital, a group of 10 exiles started a
24-hour hunger strike early Tuesday.

The protesters were surrounded by nearly a 100 Buddhist monks and nuns,
chanting prayers and counting prayer beads. They held banners saying
"China stop killing and torture in Tibet."

The demonstrations in Nepal follow a week of protests against Chinese
rule in Tibet that culminated in violence Friday when Tibetans attacked
ethnic Chinese and torched their shops in Lhasa, the region's capital.
Officials there said 16 people died in the violence, but exiled Tibetans
said as many as 80 people may have been killed.

Throughout the past week, major Tibetan exile communities, including
ones in Nepal and India, have organized their own protests, often
clashing with authorities who do not wish to jeopardize improving
relations with Beijing.

Nepal's border with China in the Himalayas is a key route for Tibetans
fleeing Chinese rule in the region. Most of the refugees eventually move
to India, where Tibet's government-in-exile and the Tibetans' spiritual
leader, the Dalai Lama, are based.
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