By UCA News
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.