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At least 245 Tibetans arrested in Nepal

March 25, 2008

France 24
Monday 24 March 2008
By AFP

At least 245 Tibetans were detained in Nepal on Monday after police
baton-charged a pro-Tibet rally near a United Nations office in
Kathmandu, police and an eyewitness said.

"We have 245 Tibetans currently in detention from protests this morning
in front of the UN," senior police officer Sharad Karki told AFP.

Police used bamboo batons to break up a crowd of about 500 Tibetan
protesters carrying placards calling for a "Free Tibet," an AFP reporter
at the scene said, adding that a few appeared to have sustained injuries.

"We will continue our protests. Chinese should not be allowed to kill
Tibetans," Kesang Dolkar, 38, told AFP before being taken away in a
police van.

Protests have been held nearly every day in Kathmandu since unrest
erupted on March 14 in Lhasa, capital of the Tibetan region, prompting a
crackdown by security forces.

The prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamshala,
India, told AFP on Monday that about 130 people have been confirmed
killed in the crackdown in China's Tibet region.

China said Saturday that 18 "innocent" civilians and one police officer
were killed in the rioting in Lhasa, raising its official death toll
from 13.

Nepal officially recognises the "One China" policy that says Tibet,
overrun by Chinese troops in 1951, and Taiwan, still regarded as a
"renegade" province, are indivisible parts of the country.

About 20,000 Tibetan refugees have lived in Nepal after the Dalai Lama
fled to India from the remote Himalayan region in 1959 following a
failed uprising against the Chinese.
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