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Nepal Police Beat Pro-Tibet Protesters, Detain 230

Date: Monday, 11-August-2008
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By Reuters
August 10, 2008

KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Nepali police kicked Tibetan protesters andbeat them with batons on Sunday before detaining some 230 peoplemarching to a Chinese consular office in Kathmandu, police and witnesses said.

At least two people were seen bleeding from their heads after ascuffle broke out with riot police trying to protect the walledChinese office. At least 10 people were injured.

Police said they had rounded up 230 protesters for opposing theChinese crackdown in Tibet in March and shouting "Long live the DalaiLama" and "Shame, shame, China, shame." Monks and nuns were among those held.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetans who fled Tibet after afailed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. But the country barsthem from engaging in political activities against Beijing.

Kathmandu says Tibet is part of China, its influential neighbor andtrade partner, and has cracked down on near-daily protests againstBeijing since the past five months.

Those detained are usually released the same day.

On Friday, authorities detained more than 1,300 Tibetans whoprotested in Kathmandu as the Olympic Games opened in Beijing.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Krittivas Mukherjee, editingby Mary Gabriel)

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