Nepal Detains 560 Tibetan Women

Cracks down on 3 all-female protests against China
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
An elderly Tibetan exile woman participates in a silent peace march to protest against Chinese government, in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 11, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Nepalese authorities today arrested 560 Tibetan women, including Buddhist nuns, for protesting China's actions in three all-female rallies across Kathmandu. They marked the first protests of their kind, and the largest round-up since China's crackdown in the region in March; the prisoners will be freed later. Nepal, home to 20,000 Tibetan exiles since the crackdown, bars pro-Tibet agitation.