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Nepal police detain 2 foreign pro-Tibet protesters

March 16, 2009

The Associated Press
Saturday, March 14, 2009

KATMANDU, Nepal: Nepalese police detained a Norwegian man and a British
woman protesting against Chinese rule in Tibet outside Beijing's embassy
visa office in Katmandu on Saturday.

The two protesters had just begun to chant "Free Tibet" when they were
grabbed by police, dragged a few feet (meters), loaded in a truck and
driven away to a police station.

Hundreds of policemen surrounded the embassy and visa office, which are
in two different locations in Katmandu, to enforce a ban on protests
outside the buildings. Nepal has ramped up security to deter
demonstrations during two sensitive anniversaries. Saturday marks one
year since protests against Chinese rule in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa
turned violent. This week also saw the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan
uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile.

It was not clear how long the two detained would be held in custody. The
district administration office, which usually decide these matters, was
closed for the weekend.

Police only gave the protesters' nationalities but would not release any
other details about their identities.

Nepal's government has increased police presence, imposed restrictions
and issued strict warnings this year at Beijing's request.

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

Many Tibetans insist they were an independent nation before Chinese
communist troops invaded in 1950, while Beijing says the Himalayan
region has been part of its territory for centuries.
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