More than 80 Tibetans arrested in anti-China protests

March 29th, 2008 - 9:47 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, March 29 (DPA) Nepalese police Saturday broke up anti-China demonstrations in front of Chinese embassy visa office here and detained more than 80 protestors. The Tibetan protestors were chased by baton wielding police as they tried to converge on the Chinese embassy.

The police dragged and rounded up the Tibetan exiles, including dozens of monks, and put them into police trucks and vans before being driven off to detention centres.

The protestors chanted, “Stop killing in Tibet” and “Long live Dalai Lama”.

The protest was the latest in the series of anti-China demonstrations by Tibetan exiles in Kathmandu, which has occurred almost daily since March 10.

It was the second time that the Tibetans had attempted to picket the Chinese visa office in less than a week.

The demonstrations came a day after a group of about 20 Tibetan school children scaled the walls of UN office to enter the compounds to demonstrate.

Nepal has come under severe criticism over its handling of the protests, which have resulted in several injuries during police action.

Earlier this week, UN said the Nepalese police action had infringed on people’s rights to assemble peacefully.

The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal also said it was concerned by reports that some people had been arrested on the streets 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 figure does not include Tibetans who arrived in the country after 1990 because the Nepalese government stopped registering them as refugees.

An estimated 3,000 Tibetans arrive in Nepal each year, crossing dangerous mountain passes and risking their lives to flee Chinese rule.

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

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in World |