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7 Tibetan protesters detained in Nepal

March 15, 2010

2010-03-14
Associated Press

About 200 police in riot gear were deployed around the office in Katmandu
and nearby streets ahead of the protest. The Tibetans chanted, "China thief
leave our country. Stop killing in Tibet."

They were arrested after trying to push through police lines.

Nepal's government, which wants strong ties with its powerful northern
neighbor, has banned protests against China, saying any activities against a
friendly nation will not be tolerated.

It was not clear if the seven detained Sunday would face charges. Sixteen
Tibetan exiles were jailed for 90 days without trial under a public security
act after protesting in the same spot on March 10.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles live in Nepal, and hundreds more are allowed to
pass through the country on their way to Dharmasala, India, where the
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lives in exile.

China claims Tibet has always been part of its territory, but many Tibetans
say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries until
Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s.
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