Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tibetan detainees in Nepal start hunger strike

KATHMANDU (AFP) — Around two dozen Tibetan exiles arrested while demonstrating in Nepal last week have begun a hunger strike to protest against their detention, police said today. The detainees have been in police custody since March 10 -- the anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet -- under a law that allows Nepalese authorities to hold people for up to 90 days without charge. Kathmandu police chief Ganesh KC said 34 Tibetan protesters had been detained on March 10, but 11 had already been released. "Starting from today, the Tibetans in our detention have gone on hunger strike. Their condition is normal, but if they develop any health problems, we will take them to hospital immediately," he told AFP. More>>

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