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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say police in the Nepalese capital are on alert to stop protests by Tibetan refugees, including any attempts to self-immolate, next week to mark the anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Police official Ganesh K.C. said police officers in Katmandu were on alert and that monitoring had been stepped up.

Tibetan refugees in Nepal regularly demonstrate against Chinese rule over their homeland, and two set themselves on fire and died last year in Nepal.

Nepal does not allow protests near the Chinese embassy and key areas, saying it cannot allow activities against friendly nations.

Thousands of Tibetans refugees live in Nepal and many travel through Nepal on the way to Dharmasala, India, where Dalai Lama lives and the self-declared exile government is based.

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