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
China Arrests Free Tibet Demonstrators
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)

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. (Read more Students for a Free Tibet stories.)

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