July 1, 2008

Tibetan Protesters Arrested After Trek to Nepal-China Border

Text of report by Nepalese newspaper The Himalayan Times website on 1 July

Kathmandu, 1 July: Police today arrested 42 Tibetan exiles from Fuklingkatti VDC [village development committee area] of Sindhupalchowk District near the China-Nepal border. Police inspector at the area police office Birendra Shahi said that 42 Tibetans were arrested when they were marching toward the Chinese border. They were protesting the China's crackdown in Tibet. The protesters had trekked for five days from Kathmandu to reach the border area, waving Tibetan flags and banners.

The United Nations and international rights groups have criticized Nepal for using what they say is excessive force to stop the protests.

Originally published by The Himalayan Times website, Kathmandu, in English 1 Jul 08.

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