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Tibetans in Nepal protest over Olympic flame

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Tibetans in Nepal protest over Olympic flame


Exiled Tibetans in Nepal have taken to the streets in protest against the passage of the Olympic flame through Tibet. Police detained at least 400 demonstrators, who were protesting outside the Chinese embassy in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.

The protesters said China held the torch relay in Lhasa to show that Tibet was under its control. There have been protests nearly every day in Kathmandu since Tibet was wracked by riots in March.

Nepal considers Tibet to be part of China, and does not allow any anti-Beijing activities. The Olympic flame made its way across Lhasa amid extremely tight security.

The Tibetan leg of the relay was much shorter than first planned. China said this was out of respect for Chinese earthquake victims, not because it feared further unrest.

In a carefully orchestrated display of Chinese unity, vetted crowds watched a procession that ended below the Potala palace, the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama. The main flame was reunited with a torch that was taken to the top of Mount Everest.

China has, meanwhile, announced that it has freed more than 1,000 people accused of taking part in the Lhasa riots.

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