Nepal bans gatherings to mark anniversary of Tibetan uprising

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2015 12:19 IST

Security arrangements across Nepal's capital Kathmandu were beefed up on Tuesday to prevent any protests by Tibetan refugees to mark the 56th anniversary of Tibet's rebellion against Chinese rule.

Police teams in riot gear were deployed outside the Chinese embassy and consular offices and also in areas within the Kathmandu Valley where most Tibetan refugees reside.

"All security arrangements have been put in place. If anyone is found indulging in protests or other such activities they will be dealt accordingly," said Nepal Police spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam.

Unlike previous years when police carried out preventive arrests, no such arrests have been made this time.

The Kathmandu district authorities had earlier denied permission to the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office to hold any public gathering on March 10, the anniversary of the uprising.

Nepal is home to nearly 20,000 Tibetan refugees, but the community is under continuous scrutiny and restrictions imposed by the government under pressure from China.

In February 2013, a Tibetan monk had died after setting himself on fire near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu in protest against Chinese occupation of Tibet.

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