Over 200 protesting Tibetans arrested

Kathmandu, May 8:

Police today detained more than 200 Tibetan exiles who were trying to protest and storm a Chinese embassy building in Hattisar, Kathmandu, witnesses said.

“Over 200 Tibetans have been taken into custody from the protest site. They will be released later in the day,” senior police officer Hom Jung Chauhan at the scene said.

Despite heavy security, protesters, including Buddhist monks and nuns, managed to run to the

high metal gate of the Chinese embassy complex which houses the visa and consular section and Xinhua news agency in Hattisar.

The demonstrators waved Tibetan flags and shouted “We want peace in Tibet” as they banged on the closed metal gate before police dragged them away, punching and kicking many.

“I’m not afraid of being arrested. I want Tibet to be free from the hands of Chinese authorities,” sixteen-year-old Norbu Gyalzen said.

Minutes later, at least six policemen were seen kicking and punching the young Tibetan, who has been arrested 12 times, as he was dragged into a police van.