Thousands of Tibetan refugees marched through the streets of Kathmandu to commemorate the Chinese invasion of Tibet of 1951. The rally began with 10 minutes of silence but quickly degenerated into clashes with police. About 34 people are arrested, 11 of whom were released a few hours later.
About 20,000 Tibetan refugees live in Nepal. Since the fall of the Nepali monarchy in 2006 and the rise to power of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), Nepal has signed economic agreements with China and cracked down on all anti-Chinese demonstrations.
In 2008, it used force to stifle all attempts to protest during the Beijing Olympics.