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Latest update : 2008-03-10

On the 49th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that led to his exile, the Dalai Lama accused China of "unimaginable and gross violations." In Nepal, stone-throwing Tibetan activists were arrested attempting to march on the Chinese embassy.

More than 100 Tibetan activists were detained in Nepal on Monday after clashes with police broke out when hundreds of protesters tried to march to the Chinese embassy, an AFP reporter said.
  
Police baton-charged the demonstrators after they had been pelted with stones.
  
At least two police and three protesters were injured, a reporter at the scene said.
  
Around 4,000 Tibetans had gathered in Boudha, a Tibetan temple complex in Kathmandu, to mark the 49th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's escape to India after an abortive uprising in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
  
Police tried to prevent around 500 people from leaving the enclave to protest outside the Chinese embassy when the clashes began.
  
Police forced the group back after they had travelled around two kilometres (1.25 miles) from Boudha, the AFP reporter said.
  
"Around 130 Tibetan protesters have been detained because they tried to block traffic on a main road," Ganga Panta, a senior local police officer told AFP.
  
"They will probably be released by this evening," she said, adding there were 500 Tibetans protesting outside the police station for the release of those detained Monday afternoon.
  
Many of the protesters in the Tibetan flag-waving crowd wore T-shirts calling for a "Free Tibet" and chanted slogans.
  
A massive picture of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, hung over the demonstrators, who included monks and nuns as well as men and women of all ages.
  
"Lots of people continue to be arrested in (the Tibetan capital) Lhasa. Lots of monasteries have been destroyed and a lot of monks and nuns imprisoned for life," Tashi Lama, a 35-year-old youth leader, told AFP.
  
Around 2,500 Tibetans every year make the dangerous crossing over the Himalayas from their Chinese-controlled home to Nepal. They then often move on to Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama, in northern India.
  

Date created : 2008-03-10

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