Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, March 14 – 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 on the charge of protesting against Chinese rule in Tibet and calling for Free Tibet.However, another unidentified foreigner fled the scene on a motorbike, said Inspector Bam Dev Gautam.

Yenssen was later handed over to an NGO with which she is associated. The protestors, who were holding Tibetan flags and wearing t-shirts sporting Free Tibet slogans, were hauled up to a truck.

Under China’s pressure, the government has stepped up security around the embassy at Baluwatar and the visa office at Hattisar, and enforced a ban on protests near these “sensitive areas”. This week also saw the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising, following which the Dalai Lama went into self-exile in India. Nepal is home to about 15,000 Tibetans, many of whom crossed the border complaining of Chinese human rights abuses and lack of religious freedom. Police had detained and released hundreds of Tibetan exiles protesting outside the Chinese Embassy since pro-independence demonstrations erupted in Tibet last March.

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