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Hundreds of Tibetans protest in Nepal

March 29, 2009

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press
The Hindustan
March 28, 2009

Katmandu, Mar 28 (AP) -- Hundreds of Tibetans
exiles, including Buddhist monks and nuns,
protested in Nepal's capital Saturday, chanting
slogans against China and demanding an end to its rule over their homeland.

The protest marked the anniversary of the date
Beijing crushed a 1959 Tibetan uprising, sending
the Dalai Lama over the Himalayas into exile and
placing Tibet under its direct rule for the first time.

Police did not stop the 500 protesters _ who were
holding candles, waving banners and chanting
"Stop killing in Tibet" from marching for about
an hour on the outskirts of Katmandu. "We are
here today to offer our prayers for those killed
in Tibet and demand that the Chinese authorities
stop killing and torture in Tibet," said Tashi
Tshering, 35, a refugee living in Katmandu. "We
are also demanding basic human rights and the
release of all political prisoners in Tibet."

Nepalese police have been ordered to stop all
Tibetan street protests against China, but the
demonstrators avoided arrest by staying close to a Buddhist shrine.

Security was stepped up around the Chinese
Embassy and visa offices, with traffic diverted
from the area to prevent any protests there.

There have been few protests by Tibetans in Nepal
this year. Last year, there were almost daily
demonstrations against a Chinese crackdown in
Tibet that followed anti-Beijing riots. Thousands
of Tibetan refugees live in Nepal, while
thousands more are allowed to pass through the
country on their way to Dharmasala, India, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile.

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