Nepalese Police Arrest Over 500 Tibetan Women
Nepalese police arrested more than 500 Tibetan women who were protesting outside the Chinese Embassy on Saturday for a free Tibet. The women protesters included Buddhist nuns, according to CNN.
VOA Newsreports that the protest was the first all-women demonstration against China by Tibetan exiles. There are about 20,000 Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.
Chinjhoke, a 70-year-old protester told Reuters, "We are not against Nepal. Our protests are against China. So why are they arresting us?" The United Nations (UN) has denounced the mass arrests.
Most of the women who were arrested were released later Saturday night.
Media Resources: VOA News 05/11/08; Reuters 05/11/08; BBC News 05/11/08; CNN 05/11/08; The Times of India 05/11/08