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Nepal Police Beat Pro-Tibet Protesters, Detain 230

August 11, 2008

By Reuters
August 10, 2008

KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Nepali police kicked Tibetan protesters and
beat them with batons on Sunday before detaining some 230 people
marching to a Chinese consular office in Kathmandu, police and witnesses said.

At least two people were seen bleeding from their heads after a
scuffle broke out with riot police trying to protect the walled
Chinese office. At least 10 people were injured.

Police said they had rounded up 230 protesters for opposing the
Chinese crackdown in Tibet in March and shouting "Long live the Dalai
Lama" and "Shame, shame, China, shame." Monks and nuns were among those held.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetans who fled Tibet after a
failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. But the country bars
them from engaging in political activities against Beijing.

Kathmandu says Tibet is part of China, its influential neighbor and
trade partner, and has cracked down on near-daily protests against
Beijing since the past five months.

Those detained are usually released the same day.

On Friday, authorities detained more than 1,300 Tibetans who
protested in Kathmandu as the Olympic Games opened in Beijing.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Krittivas Mukherjee, editing
by Mary Gabriel)
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