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Hundreds of Tibetans protest in Nepal's capital, calling for homeland freedom

May 19, 2008

The Associated Press
May 16, 2008

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Hundreds of Tibetan exiles calling for
freedom in their homeland demonstrated in the Nepalese capital Friday
until police stopped them.

About 500 Tibetans, many of them women, marched on the outskirts of
Katmandu for about three kilometers (two miles), holding banners that
said "Free Tibet, Tibet for Tibetans."

Police at first tried to detain some of them, but after scuffles
lasting several minutes the protesters returned to their refugee camp
at the southern edge of Katmandu. No-one was arrested.

Tibetans have been protesting almost daily in front of the Chinese
embassy and United Nations since March 10 against Chinese crackdown
in Tibet. Friday's march, however, was far from their usual site of protest.

Nepal's police have broken up almost all anti-China protests by
Tibetan exiles during the past several weeks and detained
participants. Officials say they will not allow protests that could
harm Nepal's friendly relations with neighboring China.

The United Nations and international rights groups have criticized
Nepal for using what they say is excessive force to stop the
protests. Police have beaten people with batons and dragged them
through the streets while detaining them.
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