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Over 100 Tibetan protesters arrested in Nepal

world Updated: Mar 30, 2008 22:23 IST
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Nepalese police on Sunday broke up yet another anti-China demonstration by Tibetan exiles in the capital Kathmandu detaining over 100 protestors.

The demonstration was the latest in a series of anti-China protests in Nepal which have occurred almost daily since March 10.

Baton-wielding police charged about 200 Tibetan exiles who tried to converge on the Chinese embassy's visa office in the Nepalese capital.

Scuffles broke out between police and protestors after the Tibetan exiles tried to cross the police lines.

"A few protestors were injured in the police action," a protest organizer said on condition of anonymity. "About 100 protestors were detained during Sunday's protests."

The protestors carried placards denouncing Chinese rule in Tibet and called for human rights.

"Stop killings in Tibet" read one placard while another read "Long live Dalai Lama."

The Chinese embassy's visa office and the United Nations office in Kathmandu have been at the centre of Tibetan protests for nearly more than three weeks.

The Nepalese government has used force to break up the demonstrations, a move that has drawn scathing criticism from human rights organizations as well as the United Nations.

Last week, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal said it was concerned by reports that some people had been arrested on the streets of Kathmandu on the basis of their appearance and on the assumption that they hold certain political opinions and might participate in protests.

Nepal has more than 20,000 Tibetans concentrated mainly in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara in western Nepal.

The Nepalese government has repeatedly said it considers Tibet to be part of China and that it will not tolerate anti-Chinese activities.