US Urges China to Free 8 Yanks

Pro-Tibetan demonstrators to be released next weekend
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2008 2:33 PM CDT
Pro-Tibetan protesters rally on eve of Beijing Olympics. Eight American pro-free Tibet protesters have been detained.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Washington is seeking the release of eight US protesters held by China during the Olympics, Reuters reports. Two were collared Thursday for posting a "Free Tibet" banner near an Olympic event; six others were members of Free Tibet Reporters detained the day before. Beijing vows to release all eight next weekend. This marks the first time during the Olympics that American protesters have been held for more than a day.