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Nepal Detains Tibetans for Celebrating Dalai Lama's Birthday

Nepal Police detained 300 Tibetans on their way to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Dalai Lama at Jawalakhel grounds in Kathmandu.

Police were deployed in the Swayambhunath and Boudhanath areas of Kathmandu and at major Buddhist monasteries to prevent Tibetans from attending birthday celebration of their spiritual leader.

Many detainees who were released after 3 hour detention were threatened not to participate in any public celebration.

Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged the Constituent Assembly not to participate in the Dalai Lama’s birthday celebration. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, Katmandu district administration chief, said the government will not tolerate protests against its friendly nations China.

China is a major aid donor to its southern neighbor. According to UNHCR, Nepal is home to around 20,000 Tibetans.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, The Times of India and The Himalayan times.