April 25, 2008

Tibetan Troubles Continue in Katmandu

The "harmony" is not going to happen by force. Sometimes you have to let go to get what you want.
Tibetans protest near Chinese Embassy in Nepal's capital,
3 injured including monks

The Associated Press, Published: April 22, 2008
Nepalese police clashed with Tibetan protesters Tuesday, bloodying at least three demonstrators including two Buddhist monks who were condemning a recent Chinese crackdown in their Himalayan homeland.
Scuffles broke out after baton-wielding riot police stopped about 50 Tibetan exiles from marching toward the Chinese Embassy and began detaining them.
An Associated Press reporter saw two monks and another demonstrator who were injured, with blood visible from their mouths and noses.
Police arrested all 50 protesters and drove them away in trucks to detention centers.
A few hours later, nine Tibetans entered the United Nations building in Katmandu after slipping through police surveillance and handed a statement to officials demanding an international investigation into the crackdown in Tibet.
They were not allowed to stay inside the U.N. premises and left through a back door, said Yeshi Gyaltzen, who was in the group. He said U.N. officials assured them the message would be forwarded to U.N. headquarters.
Tibetan exiles, including monks and nuns, have been holding almost daily protests in front of the Chinese Embassy and United Nations office since March 10.
Police have broken up almost all the anti-China protests and detained hundreds of demonstrators, who were usually released hours later.
Nepalese officials have said they will not allow protests against any friendly nations, including China.
The Chinese government accuses the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his supporters of organizing protests that turned violent in Tibet on March 14 and later spread over a wide swath of western China.
China said 22 people died in rioting in the Tibet capital, Lhasa, on March 14 when hundreds of shops were torched and Chinese civilians attacked.
The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile denies any involvement in the violence. It says more than 140 people were killed in the government crackdown. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/22/asia/AS-GEN-Nepal-Tibetan-Protest.php
But a few days ago ...
Police Crack Down On Exiles Conducting Demonstrations Near Chinese Embassy In Katmandu
KATMANDU, Nepal, April 17, 2008
(AP) Nepalese police detained more than 500 Tibetan exiles
who protested near the Chinese Embassy in K
atmandu on Thursday, police said.
It was the largest number of Tibetans detained in a single day in the capital since the exiles began almost daily protests last month against a Chinese crackdown on riots in Tibet.
Police in camouflage uniforms chased down red-robed Buddhist monks and nuns and other Tibetans, dragging some along the ground by their feet or hands as they resisted. Many
were shoved into waiting vans and trucks.
Even as the vehicles hauled them away to detention centers, some held banners that read "Free
Tibet" or shouted "Stop killing in Tibet."
No injuries were reported except for minor cuts and bruises on both sides, police said.
A total of 505 Tibetans were detained in at least three separate demonstrations near the Chinese Embassy in an upscale Katmandu neighborhood, said police official Sarbendra Khanal.
[...] Nepalese police have broken up almost all the anti-China protests of the past few weeks and detained numerous demonstrators. Officials have said they will not allow protests against any friendly nations, including neighboring China.
Security has been tightened around the Chinese Embassy since the protests began. Hundreds of police officers have been guarding the streets leading to the building.

The protesters have so far gathered in small groups near the embassy, but have not been able to enter the fortified compound.
The U.N. and international rights groups have accused Nepal of using excessive force against the Tibetan demonstrators. Police have broken up protests by beating people with batons and dragging them through the streets. This week, police had initially appeared to be using less force.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/17/world/main4025811.shtml?source=search_story And finally,…
Nepal arrests Tibetan protesters

By Charles Haviland, BBC News, Kathmandu
Police in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu have arrested several hundred Tibetan exiles.
The Tibetans, members of the refugee community, were demonstrating near Chinese diplomatic buildings.
Tibetan exiles and a police spokesman told the BBC that a total of 508 were being held in four locations.
It was the third day in a row that Tibetans have demonstrated in Nepal against Chinese rule in Tibet, after a break over Nepal's election period.
This is possibly the largest number of Tibetans picked up so far by the Nepalese police.
Most of those just arrested had rallied outside the Chinese embassy, with a smaller group outside its consular building.
Zero tolerance
Tibetan sources told the BBC the protesters were beaten in the streets, as were two foreign nationals.
Usually the detainees are released after nightfall but more than 100 picked up on Wednesday were held overnight.
The authorities here are displaying a zero-tolerance attitude towards the Tibetans, saying their activity harms Nepal's relations with China.
That will not change with the likely dominance of the Maoist former rebels in Nepal's new government. The Maoists have criticised Tibetans' anti-China protests within Tibet and have, not surprisingly, recently reiterated their strong admiration for communist China's founding father, Mao Zedong.

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