(TibetanReview.net, Mar08, 2014) – Police in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu stepped up security to prevent Tibetan protests ahead of the 55th anniversary of the Mar 10 Tibetan National Uprising, reported the country’s online media Mar 5. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office said extra precautions had been taken and elaborate security arrangements made to maintain law and order, acting on a tip-off that Tibetan refugees were planning to stage protests to ‘condemn Chinese aggression against the Tibetan territory and pose threats to internal security,’ reported thehimalayantimes.com May 5.
In order to prevent anti-China demonstrations on the streets before and during the anniversary, Tibetan refugee camps, Chinese Embassy, Consular Section, Swayambhu, Bouddha and Ekantakuna, among other places, were under surveillance, the report added. It said Nepal had 18 Tibetan refugee camps, seven of them in the Kathmandu Valley.
The report said plainclothes police had fanned out to gather intelligence about Tibetan exiles living in the valley.
Nepal says it has adopted the ‘one-China’ policy in cracking down on any activity which might offend the government of China, with which it has developed a particularly close strategic and economic relationship in recent years. China exerts strong pressure on Nepal to prevent what it calls ‘anti-China activities’ by the estimated 22,000-strong Tibetan refugee community in the country.