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Tibetan protestors chain themselves to Kathmandu's Chinese embassy gate

A group of Tibetan protesters chained themselves together in front of the Chinese Embassy's visa office in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday.

A group of Tibetan protesters chained themselves together in front of the Chinese Embassy's visa office in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, on Saturday.  

Sixteen protesters secured themselves to each other with chains and padlocks at the Chinese embassy in the heart of Kathmandu, and were joined by dozens of other Tibetans who chanted 'Free Tibet' and 'We want freedom.'

Police official Ramesh Thapa says 120 people were detained for defying a ban on demonstrations against China, Nepal's neighbour to the north.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles in Nepal have been protesting since March 10 against a Chinese crackdown in Tibet on rioters and against Beijing's rule over their homeland.

Those detained are generally freed later in the day.

One of the poorest countries in Asia, Nepal is heavily dependent on Chinese help for building roads and hydro dams. There is also increasing trade between the two countries along the only international road link between Tibet and the outside world.

Nepal recently banned mountaineering expeditions from scaling Mount Everest, which sits on the border with Tibet, because a Chinese-led team was taking an Olympic torch to the summit in the run up to the Beijing summer games this year.

The climbing ban was lifted last week once the Chinese expedition had achieved its goal.