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Nepal: Police Breakup Crowd Celebrating Dalai Lama’s Birthday

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Nepalese police broke up a crowd of several hundred Tibetans who were celebrating the 81st birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in a school in Kathmandu, reported RFA.

The police pulled down large portraits of the Dalai Lama and also scattered banners, flowers and other offerings brought to the event, said the report.

Over 20 Tibetans attending the event were briefly taken into custody said RFA.

“The Tibetan representative and other welfare officers sought permission from Nepalese authorities to hold the event, and permission was granted yesterday,” said a community leader named Lhalung.

“But today, they changed their minds and stopped us. This could be a result of pressure from China,” he said.

An estimated 20,000 Tibetans live in Nepal. Many of them arrived in the country following the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama celebrated his 81st birthday on July 6.

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One thought on “Nepal: Police Breakup Crowd Celebrating Dalai Lama’s Birthday

  • July 8, 2016 at 10:23 am
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    Nepal’s leftist government has gone pro China. They have picked up a year back a fight with India and now with Tibetans who oppose China. It is China who is driving this agenda.

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