China Arrests Free Tibet Demonstrators

Authorities take away American protesters in Beijing park
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 8:32 AM CDT
Activists with Tibetan flags draped among them lay down in Tiananmen Square in a breach of security in the heart of Beijing on the first full day of competition in the Olympic Games.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Chinese police arrested five American protesters who blocked the entrance to a park in Beijing while shouting "Free Tibet!", Reuters reports. The demonstrators were associated with Students for a Free Tibet, who said there were eight in total. It remains unknown where the protesters have been taken.

A British television reporter also said he had been pushed and dragged into a police van, and was briefly detained there; the IOC said it would look into the incident.