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More than 100 Tibetan protesters detained in Nepal

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A Tibetan woman, center, chases a Nepalese policeman, right, as he takes away a banner of the Dalai Lama during a protest near the Jwalakhel Refugee Camp in Katmandu, Nepal, on November 1.

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Riot police arrest Tibetan protesters near the Jwalakhel Refugee Camp on November 1.

The AP reports:

Nepalese police detained more than 100 Tibetan exiles on Tuesday who had gathered to pray for nine Tibetans who set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule.

A group of Tibetans including 150 monks were holding a prayer meeting on the outskirts of Katmandu in honor of the monks, former monks and a nun who have self-immolated since March in a restive Tibetan area of western China that has been under martial law-type police controls.

Aged in their late teens and twenties, at least five died of their injuries, while the condition of the other four is not known.

An Associated Press reporter saw police in riot gear enter the prayer meeting at the Tibetan Refugee Center and pull down a banner of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. This angered the Tibetans at the meeting who poured into the streets to protest. They chanted anti-China slogans calling for a "free Tibet" and for China to "leave our home."

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Police detain a Tibetan who was shouting anti-China slogans in Katmandu on November 1.

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A group of exiled Tibetan monks attends a prayer meeting as Nepalese riot police enter to intervene at a refugee camp in Katmandu on November 1.

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