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China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure

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BEIJING, Aug. 24 — China released eight American protesters from jail and put them on a plane for Los Angeles on Sunday night as the Beijing Olympics closed in a rousing ceremony at the Bird’s Nest stadium, an advocacy group said.

China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure
China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure

(Washington Post — 1 hour ago)
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BEIJING, Aug. 24 — The U.S. ambassador to China is pressing Chinese officials to immediately release eight Americans who were detained for holding pro-Tibet protests during the Olympic Games.

(Washington Post — 16 hours ago)
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Chinese police have sentenced at least 10 foreigners to 10 days of detention for protesting during the Olympic Games, an activist group and officials said. (MSNBC — 24 August, 2008)
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Washingtons top diplomat in China pressed the government to immediately free foreign activists jailed for protesting during the Olympics. (New York Times — 24 August, 2008)
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Students for a Free Tibet said eight American men were placed on a Los Angeles-bound flight on Sunday evening, just as the closing ceremony was getting under way. (New York Times — 10 hours ago)
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BEIJING, Aug. 21 — Six Americans detained by police earlier this week could be held for 10 days, according to Chinese authorities, who appear to be intensifying their efforts to shut down any public demonstrations during the final days of the Olympic Games.

(Washington Post — 22 August, 2008)
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China has deported eight Americans amid a wave of pro-Tibetprotests coinciding with the Olympics. (Sydney Morning Herald — 11 hours ago)
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Pro-tibet protester – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 23 August, 2008)
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The US Embassy in Beijing has urged the Chinese authorities toimmediately release eight American nationals detained afterpro-Tibet protests during the Olympic Games. (Sydney Morning Herald — 24 August, 2008)
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BEIJING — Sam Maron came to China posing as a tourist excited about his first trip to the country. With his point-and-shoot camera and monotone T-shirts, he blended into the crowds of other foreigners in town for the Olympic Games.

(Washington Post — 23 August, 2008)
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SUZHOU, China, Aug. 5 — China announced late last month that it would permit protests during the Olympics in specially designated zones, as long as demonstrators first secured permits. The process has not proved that simple.

(Washington Post — 18 hours ago)
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BEIJING, Aug. 20 — Two elderly women were sentenced to a year of labor re-education after they applied for permits to demonstrate during the Olympics against their 2001 eviction from their homes, according to the son of one of the would-be protesters.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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