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Nepal police break up Tibet protests, 118 held

July 20, 2008

KATHMANDU Fri Jul 18, 2008 (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters calling
for independence for Tibet protested in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu
on Friday, and police said they took 118 demonstrators into custody for
organising anti-China demonstrations.

Many were Tibetan exiles shouting "We want free Tibet" slogans. They
burned an effigy of the Chinese President Hu Jintao near a consular
office of the Chinese embassy in the Nepali capital.

They were then hauled into police vans and trucks and taken to detention
centres. A police official said they would be freed later on Friday.

Tibetans have protested regularly in Nepal since the deadly Chinese
crackdown on riots in Lhasa and other parts of Tibet in mid-March.

More than 20,000 Tibetans still live in Nepal since fleeing their
homeland after a failed uprising against Beijing in 1959.

(For the latest Reuters news on Nepal see: in.reuters.com, for blogs see
blogs.reuters.com/in/)
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