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Nepali police on Thursday detained some 250 Tibetans who have recently resumed anti-China activities in the Nepali capital Kathmandu.

On Thursday afternoon, around 250 Tibetans staged a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Nepal, located in downtown Kathmandu.

The protesters, who are seeking so-called "Tibet independence," blocked the traffic and clashed with police, with one being reportedly injured.

"Some of them are from India," sources with the Nepali police said, "You can see some of them contact each other in the Hindi language and even some banners were written in the Hindi language."

Tibetans in Nepal, backed by those from India, where Dalai and his followers live in exile, have been launching almost daily anti-China protests since mid-March.

The protests were only temporarily halted during Constituent Assembly elections on April 10.

Even on May 12, when China's southwestern Sichuan province was hit by a 8.0-magnitude earthquake, and the following days, some Tibetans continued their protests outside the Chinese embassy.

"Hundreds of Tibetans carried out disturbances outside the Chinese embassy, which they are carrying out almost everyday nowadays, severely disturbing the normal working order of the embassy," the Chinese embassy said in a statement.

Aba prefecture in Sichuan, where the earthquake occurred, is the home to several Chinese ethic groups, mainly Tibetans and Qiangs.

"These harassers ignored the pain of their compatriots and showed neither sympathy nor grief over the tragedy. On the contrary, they took pleasure in this misfortune and pressed on with their activities," said the press release.

On April 2, Chinese Ambassador Zheng Xianglin said that there were criminal acts of violence involving beating and smashing in Kathmandu against those Tibetans who held different propositions to the separatist forces for "Tibet Independence" and against those who refused to take part in the anti-China activities.

In April, Nepali Superintendent of Police (SP) Sarbendra Khanal, chief of the Metropolitan Police Range Office in Kathmandu, has told Xinhua that Nepali police who were simply performing their duties were assaulted by Tibetan protesters.

"Nepal police have been displaying the utmost tolerance and using minimum force while dealing with the Tibetan protestors," he said.

Also on Thursday, Tibetan separatists blocked the venue of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) conference in Athens, demanding the IOC cancel the Olympic torch relay in Tibet and put pressure on China on human rights.

On Wednesday, Indian police stopped more than 300 Tibetans trying to trek to China's Tibet Autonomous Region about 180 km from the Indian-Chinese border, local officials said.

(Xinhua News Agency June 7, 2008)

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