China Releases, Deports US Tibet Protesters

American officials 'disappointed' by China's 'intolerance'
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2008 2:23 AM CDT
Plainclothes security officers detain an Associated Press photographer after pro-Tibet protesters hold a demonstration opposite the Olympic stadium.   (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
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(Newser) – Eight Americans arrested in China last week after staging a pro-Tibet protests have been freed from jail and deported following US pressure for their release, reports the BBC. The protesters faced up to 10 days in detention for unfurling a “Free Tibet” banner near an Olympic site and staging small demonstrations in support of Tibetan independence. US officials expressed “disappointment” that China had not demonstrated "greater tolerance."