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Nepal says bans protests near China embassy

March 1, 2009

Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:35pm IST

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has banned all protests around the Chinese
embassy in Kathmandu because of the "sensitivity of the situation", the
government said on Saturday, before Tibet marks the 50th year of the
Dalai Lama's exile.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles, including monks and nuns, protested almost
daily near the Chinese embassy in Nepal last year after the Chinese
crackdown in Tibet following riots in March. Many were beaten by police
before being arrested.

The protests embarrassed the Nepalese government which accepts Tibet as
part of China. Analysts say the Maoist-led government's decision is
aimed at appeasing donor China.

Home (Interior) Ministry spokesman Navin Ghimire said Kathmandu district
administration office had prohibited demonstrations around Chinese
diplomatic missions.

"The ... order will remain in place until further notice," Ghimire said.

Next month marks the 50th year of the exile of Tibetan spiritual guru
the Dalai Lama who fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese
rule in 1959.

Demonstrations by monks in Lhasa in March last year escalated into
deadly riots and prompted protests against Chinese rule within Tibet and
across the world, particularly in the run-up to the summer Olympics in
Beijing last August.

More than 20,000 Tibetans live in Nepal since first fleeing their
homeland after the abortive 1959 uprising.
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