Nepal Confiscates Tibetan Ballots again
Feb. 17 (Radio Free Asia): Police in Nepal have forcefully shut down local elections for the leadership of a Tibetan refugee group, apparently yielding to pressure from China and drawing criticism from the US. Voting was under way for the head of the Chushi Gangdruk, a welfare organization founded by veterans of a Tibetan resistance force that formerly battled the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, when police in riot gear and armed with guns and batons stormed into an election center and carted away the ballot box.
The raid occurred on Feb. 13, when a top State Department official was in Kathmandu to meet with Nepalese officials and express Washington’s continued support for Tibetan refugees in Nepal.
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