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Nepali borders sealed to prevent demonstrations on the anniversary of Chinese regime

October 5, 2009

asianews - 10/02/2009
by Kalpit Parajuli

NEPAL - On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of
China and the Communist regime, the borders between China and Nepal have
been sealed off. Tight controls are also imposed on Kathmandu. The Nepali
government wants to prevent any anti-Chinese demonstrations by the country's
large Tibetan refugee community.

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) -Nepal "sealed" its borders with China on the 60th
anniversary of the birth of the People's Republic of China to prevent any
action by pro-Tibetan activists. Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar sent a
letter of congratulations and well wishes to Beijing.

China too firmly secured the border with the mountain nation, imposing tight
security measures that should last for the whole of October. All trade
between the two countries has stopped.

Nepal also increased security around Chinese diplomats, deploying 1,500
police to protect them in Kathmandu alone.

It also beefed up security around the Chinese Embassy to prevent protests, a
step confirmed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Ganga Pandey and Chief
District Officer of Kathmandu Bhola Shiwakoti.

Supporters of the 'Free Tibet' movement have reacted criticizing the actions
of the Nepali government, which it accuses of taking a very pro-Beijing
line.

About 20,000 Tibetan refugees live in Nepal and the authorities have often
taken repressive steps against them, including violence and arrests during
anti-Chinese protests (pictured). This has elicited criticism even from
local UN delegations.

This anniversary, the authorities have deployed police in Kathmandu's
'Buddha' area, where many refugees live.

Tibetan refugees did never the less stage a small demonstration without
causing any disturbances with some 70 of them arrested.
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