Tibetan exiles in Nepal and neighboring India held mass anti-China protests Friday, hours before the Olympic Games were set to open in Beijing.
In Nepal, police detained more than a thousand people demonstrating outside the Chinese embassy in the capital, Kathmandu. Groups of protesters have been arriving at the embassy throughout the day, in defiance of a ban by the Nepalese government.
A senior police official (Ramesh Thapa) says most of those arrested will be released today.
Meanwhile, in India's capital, New Delhi, more than a thousand Tibetan exiles braved heavy rains to protest for a second day. Security was increased in the capital as demonstrators, including Buddhist monks, shouted "Free Tibet" and "Stop the Olympics."
Tibetan exiles 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, Lhasa.
The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused China of pressuring Nepal to crack down on the Tibetan protests. Beijing denies the charge.