April 15, 2008 / 10:25 AM / in 11 years

Tibetans resume Nepal protests as dozens held

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Police detained at least two dozen Tibetans trying to protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Nepal’s capital on Tuesday, the first anti-China protests since the Himalayan nation’s watershed election last week.

A Tibetan shouts anti-China slogans while being detained during a protest against the Chinese crackdown on Tibetans, in Kathmandu April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

Tibetan exiles had suspended their protests until the completion of the election, Nepal’s first in nine years.

Police broke up fresh demonstrations on Tuesday calling for Tibet’s independence and hauled protesters into vans in front of the Chinese consulate in Kathmandu, witnesses said. Police said they would be released later.

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Other protesters, including monks and nuns, shouted “down with China” slogans as they were chased away by police.

“We will continue our protests until the Chinese suppression of Tibet ends,” one protester said as he was detained.

Hundreds of Tibetan exiles have been detained and freed in Nepal in the past month.

Nepal, home to more than 20,000 Tibetans who arrived after a failed uprising against Beijing in 1959, considers Tibet as part of China, an important development and trade partner of impoverished country.

Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Krittivas Mukherjee

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