100 Tibetan protesters arrested

Kathmandu, May 2:

More than 100 Tibetan exiles, mostly young monks and nuns, were detained today at a pro-Tibet protest in front of a Chinese embassy building in Kathmandu, police said.

“More than 100 Tibetans have been taken to police stations and will be freed by nightfall,” a police officer, Hom Jung Chauhan, said.

Demonstrators shouted slogans such as “China liar,” “We want a free Tibet,” “We want justice,” an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Tibetan activists here have been organising almost daily protests since unrest erupted in March in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, prompting a crackdown by Chinese security forces.

The arrests of the Tibetean activists came one day after ambassador of the United States to Nepal Nancy J Powell voiced concern about the treatment of exiled Tibetans by police who have baton-charged, punched and kicked protesters.