Nepal Disrupts Tibetan Hunger Strike in Kathmandu

Nepal Disrupts Tibetan Hunger Strike in Kathmandu

The Nepalese police on Monday disrupted a 24-hour hunger strike in Kathmandu by exiled Tibetans over China's blockade of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County..

The hunger strike was part of the world-wide hunger strike relay launched by the Tibetan Youth Congress to demand immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops stationed at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba.

Nepal police disrupted the hunger strike and removed Tibetan flags from the scene, reports VOA Tibetan correspondent Gaden Tashi from Nepal. The police forced Sonam Wangmo to remove her shirt which carried "Save Tibet" slogan and rendered her half-naked infront of the public, he reports.

Nepal is home to about 20,000 exiled Tibetans who began arriving in large numbers in 1959 after the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising against the Chinese delegates.

Nepal's major parties adhere to the 'One China' policy, regarding Tibet as an integral part of China and keeping Tibetan refugees in Nepal on a tight leash.

Approximately 2,500 Tibetan refugees escape into exile annually, travelling through Nepal en route to Dharamsala in northern India where their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile are based.

Since 2008, Nepal has hardened its stance on the Tibetan refugees, a trend observed in the Himalayan country’s increasing ties with China.