Nepalese authorities say they
have detained 30 Tibetan exiles who were marching towards the Chinese border to
protest the Beijing government.
Authorities said the Tibetans were picked
up Sunday in the northeastern village of Jalbire, near the border with China.
The group was transported back to the Nepalese capital
Tibetans in Nepal have been holding regular demonstrations
against the Chinese government since March, when deadly clashes broke out
between protesters and Chinese authorities in the Tibetan capital,
About 20,000 Tibetans live in Nepal. More than 100 of them were
detained last week for demonstrating for Tibetan freedom outside the Chinese
embassy in Kathmandu.
The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused
China of pressuring Nepal to crack down on the Tibetan protests. Beijing denies
Tibetans have complained of discrimination by the Chinese
since Beijing took over Tibet nearly 60 years ago.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and