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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Nepal frees 18 Tibetan protesters

March 30, 2010

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
Associated Press, 2010-03-29

Nepal released 18 Tibetan exiles Monday after they were arrested earlier
this month trying to storm the Chinese Embassy's visa office in a protest
against Beijing's rule over their homeland.

Many members of the group wept and hugged well-wishers upon their release in
the Nepali capital following their 20-day detention. Sonam Lama, 35, said
many had fallen ill in jail and were "very happy" to be released.

"We will not be deterred by these setbacks," said Norbu Dorje, another of
the protesters. "We will continue our nonviolent protests against China
demanding there should be talks between Dalai Lama and the Chinese
government."

The group had been ordered jailed for 90 days under a security law that
allows detention without trial of people considered a threat to the public.
But the activists were deemed to be no longer a threat and released,
Katmandu chief administrator Laxmi Dhakal said.

Human rights activist Sudip Pathak said he negotiated the release with the
government.

Altogether, 23 Tibetans were arrested March 10 and 14 following the protests
at the Chinese Embassy. Nepal's supreme court released three of them last
week while two more were freed on health grounds.

Tibetans in Nepal have regularly protested against China since 2008 _ a
source of embarrassment to Nepal's government, which wants strong ties with
Beijing and has banned anti-China demonstrations.

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 Dalai
Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, 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. They say Beijing rules the region with
a heavy hand and have called for independence or greater autonomy.
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