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Nepal police detain 125 Tibetan protesters

July 27, 2008

Reuters
July 25, 2008

KATHMANDU, July 25 (Reuters) -- Nepali police said on Friday they had
detained 125 Tibetan refugees, including nuns and monks, for trying
to storm a Chinese consular office in Kathmandu.

More than 20,000 Tibetans live in Nepal and many of the exiles have
protested regularly in Kathmandu, calling for the freedom of Tibet
and against the Chinese crackdown on demonstrations in the Himalayan
region in March.

New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said on Thursday Nepal was
cracking down on the Tibetan protesters under pressure from China,
violating their human rights with arbitrary arrests, sexual abuse of
women and beatings in detention.

Beijing rejected the charges as "groundless accusations".

Protesters said they want an "immediate end to brutal suppression of
Tibetans in Tibet and unconditional release of all Tibetan political
prisoners".

A police official said all the detained exiles would be freed later on Friday.

Human Rights Watch said at lest 8,350 Tibetans were arrested between
March 10 and July 18, many of them more than once.

Nepal considers Tibet as part of its influential giant neighbour
China and says the arrests were aimed at protecting the embassy
buildings from protesters.
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