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Tibetans protest again in Nepal capital

May 19, 2008

By Binaj Gurubacharya
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 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 the 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.
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