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Identities of three detained anti-China protestors in Nepal published

2009-03-15 10:42:34 GMT2009-03-15 18:42:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KATHMANDU, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The identities of three Westerners who were detained by Nepali police while staging an anti-China demonstration at a prohibited area in the capital a day earlier was published on Sunday, according to local news website eKantipur.

"Police detained three foreigners -- Dutch national Meela Yenssen, Norwegian Giinarne Hanshen and British national Gaisy Karen Wood -- outside the Chinese embassy's visa office at Hattisar in Kathmandu on Saturday," eKantipur reported.

These people were detained on charges of launching anti-China activities in prohibited areas stipulated by the Nepali government.

Another unidentified foreigner fled the scene on a motorbike, said the report, citing a police inspector.

Meela Yenssen was later handed over to an NGO with which she is associated, the report added.

The Nepali government has consistently adhered to the one-China policy, firmly supporting China on the issue concerning Tibet. It also has declared that it would never allow any activity detrimental to China's interests in its territory.

Earlier this month, the Kathmandu District Administrative Office (DAO) issued orders banning any gathering in areas within 200 meters surrounding the Chinese embassy and its visa office.

The ban was imposed in view of the sensitivity of these areas and challenges in maintaining security, according to a press release from the DAO.

Nepali police have beefed up security in areas surrounding the Chinese embassy and its consular section since March 9.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Democratic Reform in Tibet.

Fifty years ago, the central government of China foiled an armed rebellion started on March 10 by the Dalai Lama and his supporters in their bid to perpetuate the feudal serf system in Tibet and to split the region from China.

On March 28, 1959, a new local Tibetan government was formed. The Democratic Reform liberated a million Tibetan serfs and slaves, who accounted for more than 90 percent of the population in the region at that time.

The Dalai Lama and his followers, since their exile, have continued to pursue either disguised or undisguised activities aimed at separating Tibet from China and restoring feudal serfdom in the region.

On March 14, 2008, followers of the Dalai Lama staged riots in Lhasa in attempts to put pressure on the central government. The violence resulted in the deaths of 18 civilians and huge property losses.

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