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Nepal Detains Hundreds Of Women In Tibet Protest

May 12, 2008

Mayur Pahilajani -- AHN News Writer
AHN News
May 11, 2008 10:56 a.m. EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AHN) - Nepalese police have detained around 360
Tibetan women protesting, including several Buddhist nuns, in the
Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Sunday.

The women were protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet,
according to the reports.

The protesters held three separate all-women rallies in Katmandu on
Sunday for the first time in Kathmandu, but were stopped by police.

Those detained were wearing black armbands in their rallies across
the capital supporting the cause of free Tibet and shouting "We want
free Tibet".

Some of them wept as others were dragged along the street by police
into vans to take them to detention centers.

The reports indicated that the protesters were planning to carry out
a silent march to demonstrate against Chinese restrictions in Tibet
but the security forces quickly detained the first group of crowd
preparing to rally.

"Just to create what is happening in Tibet we wanted to do a silent
march here, a peaceful silent march," Doma Tsomo, who was among the
protesters, told AP news agency.

"Unfortunately even before we could start police started arresting people."

More than 20,000 Tibetans estimated are living in Nepal, considering
it their home, after many of them fled their homeland consequent to
the failed uprising in 1959 and the subsequent crackdown by China,
according to BBC News.

Police said the protesters would be freed later, according to the reports.
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