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Pro-Tibet protester runs onto field during Euro 2008 semifinal match

June 27, 2008

The Associated Press
June 26, 2008

BASEL, Switzerland -- A pro-Tibet protester ran onto the field late
in Germany's 3-2 win over Turkey on Wednesday in the European
Championship semifinals.

The man was wearing a T-shirt with the words "Tibet is not China,"
and he ran on the field at St. Jakob Park moments after Turkey had
scored an 86th-minute equalizer. He made it across most of the field
before a security guard tackled him inside the opposite area.

Several guards then surrounded him and carried him off the field.

China's communist leadership has faced a public relations disaster
since protests of its rule of the Himalayan region turned violent
March 14 in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, sparking waves of unrest in
surrounding provinces.

That was followed by protests at the Olympic torch-lightning ceremony
and on several of the relay routes around the world.
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