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Nepali police scuffle with Tibetans, detain 239

June 12, 2008

Reuters
June 10, 2008

KATHMANDU, June 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tibetan exiles scuffled
with Nepali police on Tuesday during an anti-China rally in the
streets of Kathmandu before 239 refugees were detained, police and
witnesses said.

Shouting "China thief, leave the country" and "Long live the Dalai
Lama", protesters got off buses and rushed towards a consular office
of the Chinese embassy, only to be stopped by riot police outside.

Some of the refugees carried toy guns and wore uniforms like those
worn by the Chinese army, acting out their version of a crackdown on
Tibetan protests inside China in March.

Exiled Tibetans have been protesting regularly since the deadly riot
in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on March 14.

On Tuesday, police dragged protesters into vans and drove them to
detention centres.

"We'll release them later, we can't keep them for long with us and
feed them," one police officer said.

More than 20,000 Tibetans have been living in Nepal since 1959 when
they fled after a failed uprising against China.

Nepal allows them to stay as refugees but has banned anti-China
activities, although they have managed to stage regular protests
against China. (Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Bappa Majumdar)
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