Tibet Exiles Protest Against China In Nepal, India

KATMANDU, Nepal — Thousands of Tibetan exiles are demonstrating in Nepal and India Thursday, a day before the Olympics open in Beijing.

The activists are demanding religious rights and saying China should not be allowed to host the games while its harsh rule over their homeland continues.

Police broke up a protest by about 2,000 Tibetans in Nepal’s capital. The protesters threw rocks and bricks at police, who retaliated by beating some of them with bamboo batons. Authorities say 570 protesters were detained and no one was seriously injured.

The Tibetan activists say the protest was aimed at urging other nations to put pressure on China.

In India’s capital, New Delhi, paramilitary forces are manning roadblocks around the Chinese Embassy and police surrounded several thousand marchers, as India tries to avoid embarrassing Beijing.