Over 200 Tibetans detained in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu, Apr 1 (UNI) Nepalese police arrested at least 259 Tibetan protestors from Hattisar area here as they were trying to stage demonstrations in front of the visa section of the Chinese Embassy in the capital.

Some of the demonstrators were rounded up as they were staging a sit-in protest in front of the high-walled Embassy compound while many others were carted off as they appeared protesting around the compound, Kantipur quoted Superintendent of Police Sarbendra Khanal, chief of Metropolitan Police Range Office as saying.

The arrested include 118 women Tibetans.

Agitating protestors chanted slogans demanding that the Dalai Lama be allowed to live in Tibet and that they wanted a free and peaceful Tibet.

All those arrested were freed later.

Meanwhile, a group of about 100 foreigners gathered in Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu to express solidarity with the ongoing protests of Tibetans.

Exiled Tibetans have been staging protests almost on a daily basis in the capital since March 10 after a Tibetan uprising was crushed by Chinese security personnel in Lhasa.

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