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Nepal warns Tibetans about anti-PRC protests


A Tibetan refugee places a traditional scarf signifying good luck and respect before a portrait of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to celebrate his 74th birthday yesterday in Kathmandu.


The Nepalese government has warned Tibetan exiles in the country that they face stringent action if they go ahead with new anti-China protests.

The warning came amid media reports that the Tibetan refugees were planning anti-China demonstrations in the district of Mustang, close to the Tibetan border.

“Any activity undermining the friendship between Nepal and China would not be allowed and those involved in such activities would be subjected to action as per the existing laws,” the Nepalese Home Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was concerned over reports that anti-China protests were planned but said Nepal remained steadfast in its one China policy.

It also called on the people not to engage in such protests.

On Sunday, a Nepalese newspaper reported hundreds of Tibetan refugees were gathering in Mustang district to hold demonstrations coinciding with the 74th birthday of the Dalai Lama.

The Kantipur said the protests were planned to take place in Mustang because of a crackdown on demonstrations in Kathmandu last year.

Last month Nepalese police arrested nearly 40 Tibetan demonstrators trying to cross into the Tibetan border town of Khasa from Nepal.

The protest was the first in nearly a year by Tibetan refugees who suspended their campaign after the Maoist-led government took office last August.

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