June 29, 2009
Tibet: 34 Demonstrators arrested in Nepal
34 Tibetan exiles who were protesting Chinese suppression of the Tibetan people were arrested on Friday, the 26th of June 2009.
Below is an article published by AFP:
Nepalese police on Friday [26 June 2009] arrested 34 Tibetan exiles who tried to stage a demonstration near the Chinese border, witnesses said.
The Tibetans were stopped by police as they were driving to the border, and were arrested as they were continuing on foot, the witnesses said.
The activists waved placards and chanted anti-China slogans and said they were protesting Chinese suppression of Tibetan people.
"We are going to keep them in police custody until we hear from our headquarters," said police officer Abhaya Joshi.
Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans, who began arriving in large numbers in 1959 after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled China into exile in India.
Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal has upheld Beijing's "one China" policy that Tibet is an integral part of China, and has repeatedly said it will not tolerate anti-China demonstrations as it seeks to preserve friendly ties with its northern neighbour.
Authorities here maintained tight security this year to quell any possible unrest related to the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising in Tibet which led to the Dalai Lama's departure.
Worldwide protests erupted last year  after China cracked down on demonstrators in Tibet marking the March 10 anniversary of the 1959 uprising.