June 14, 2008 / 2:10 PM / 10 years ago

Nepal police break up Tibet protests, 182 held

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police broke up a protest by Tibetan exiles in Kathmandu on Saturday and detained 182 people for organising anti-China demonstrations.

Protesting Tibetan nuns are arrested in Kathmandu June 14, 2008. Nepali police broke up a protest by Tibetan exiles in Kathmandu on Saturday and detained 182 people for organising anti-China demonstrations. REUTERS/Shruti Shrestha

Protesters demanding a “free Tibet” came in minibuses, some of which were also seized. All the detained protesters will be freed later on Saturday, police said.

More than 20,000 Tibetans now live in exile in neighbouring Nepal following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in the region in 1959.

They have been protesting almost every day since the Chinese crackdown in Tibet in March.

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