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20 Tibet supporters occupy the roof of the French Olympic Committee

June 23, 2008 (France)
June 20, 2008

Paris, June 20 -- The demonstrators occupied during nearly two hours
the roof of the French Olympic Committee, which represents the IOC in
France, to challenge it and demand a clear position on the situation
in China and Tibet. They were demanding the Committee to request the
cancellation of the torch parade in Lhasa and the release of the
thousands of tibetan political prisonners jailed since march 10th.

Around 1 PM, banners were installed on the roof and were hoisted on
the poles in front of the building. Some staff from the olympic
committee tried to remove the banners by force, cutting some strings,
but had to give up in front of the non-violent determination of the
demonstrators. In the altercation, the media chief of staff of the
olympic committee, trying to throw overboard the equipment of a
reporter, took hold his microphone... and broke it.

After some time the police intervened. After a long negotiation, the
militants obtained an appointment with Jean-Paul Clemencon, chief of
staff and right-hand man of President Henri Serandour. The
demonstrators then agreed to leave the place without being worried.

We will inform you about the result of the appointment.

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