Nepalese riot police used “undue force” according to observers in Kathmandu yesterday (March 10) as Tibetans gathered to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of National Uprising Day.
Hundreds of police in riot gear gathered around key Tibetan centers such as monasteries and schools in order to prevent Tibetans attending the anniversary event, held at Samtenling monastery yesterday morning.
Beginning at 3 a.m. on March 10, more than 1,000 police were reportedly deployed in an effort to stop the Tibetan community in Kathmandu from marking the anniversary, which marks the beginning of the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa, although armed conflict between Tibetans and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had been well underway in eastern Tibet (Kham and Amdo) since 1956.
Nepalese police can be seen kicking and beating unarmed Tibetan demonstrators who took to the streets in video posted on Euronews.net and on the website of the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. The Telegraph cited local media reports that at least 15 people were detained and 20 injured in the day’s altercations. A Tibetan residing in Kathmandu told ICT that the environment as “tense,” adding that “people were incredibly nervous; it was terrifying.” In an additional incident, several Tibetans, including a monk, were witnessed being beaten severely by Nepalese people, not police, near the Boudha stupa.