Tibetans Protest at Chinese Embassy in Nepal
Phayul[Wednesday, April 02, 2008 22:41]
At least 92 Tibetans arrested, 3 injured and 1 hospitalized following protests at Chinese embassy in Nepal

By Tenzin Choephel
Phayul correspondent

Kathmandu, April 1: Tibetans in Nepal today staged two different protests in front of the Chinese Embassy in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, first time since the pro-Tibet protests broke out in Nepal on March 10.

Until today Tibetans were not able to approach Chinese embassy due to heavy security arrangements. Tibetans have, however, protested five times in the past two weeks at the Chinese Consulate in Hattisar.

This afternoon, about 45 Tibetans in two small groups were able to gather at the Embassy gate at different intervals by avoiding the police.

The protestors carrying Tibetan flags and banners started protesting as they moved towards the Embassy.

The groups demanded China to “Stop killing in Tibet”, “resolve the crisis in Tibet”, “Free Tibet” and raised other freedom slogans.

Two officials of the Chinese Embassy are seen taking pictures of Tibetan protestors from the rooftop of the Embassy building.
Two officials of the Chinese Embassy are seen taking pictures of Tibetan protestors from the rooftop of the Embassy building.
The protesters were quickly rounded up by the police and started arresting them. The Police forcibly pulled and dragged the protestors to the Police vehicles. They baton charged, kicked and punched them and forcibly took the protestors away.

Later in the evening, around 3:00, another group of about 50 Tibetans came rushing in front of the embassy and started protesting.

They were quickly stopped by police using force.

During the clash, police kicked a Tibetan woman in the belly and a monk on his head, seriously injuring both of them. Two other Tibetan women fainted following police action.

The injured as well as other protestors were arrested and were detained in two separate stations.

At the request of a Human Rights observer, the woman, who was injured in the belly, was released for medical treatment.

Despite complaint of severe pain, the monk was, however, not given immediate medical attention. Half an hour later, the Police took him to Bir Government Hospital but, received no immediate help. After waiting for an hour he was taken to a private hospital by two of his Tibetan friends. He is now hospitalized as the doctors wanted to keep him under observation overnight.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International concerned about sexual harassment by Police

A Tibetan woman faints during the protest in front of the Chinese
Embassy in Kathmandu.
A Tibetan woman faints during the protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International had, meanwhile, jointly sent a letter to the Nepalese Prime Minister calling for his attention on the restrictions imposed on the rights of the Tibetan community in Nepal and the excessive use of force by Nepali Police on peaceful Tibetan demonstrators.

The rights groups have also drawn his attention on alleged sexual assault and harassment by Nepali Police, particularly on Tibetan women protestors.

Several Tibetan women protestors related tales of assaults to Phayul.com.

Requesting anonymity, one said, "A police man tried to hold my breast and I screamed. My friend was kicked in the groin and now she has trouble urinating."

"One policeman tried to put his hands into my trousers," another woman said.

Another group of about 30 Tibetans protested in Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu. They were arrested and detained together with others at a metropolitan armed force barrack before releasing them late at night.

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