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Protesters march for Tibet in downtown Ottawa

August 17, 2008

Liam Casey,
The Ottawa Citizen
August 15, 2008

OTTAWA - About 125 people marched from Parliament Hill to the Chinese
Embassy at noon Friday to protest the treatment of Tibetans in China.

Maude Cote, who was deported from China on Sunday for trying to
unfurl a banner that read "Tibetans are dying for freedom" was among
the group of protesters.

"My colleague was able to display a Tibetan flag, which is banned in
China, before authorities took her, and her flag, down," said Ms.
Cote, who was detained in a shed somewhere in the Forbidden City for
about six hours before being put on a plane bound for Los Angeles.

"I refused to answer any questions without a representative from the
Canadian Embassy and so they stopped asking me questions," said Ms.
Cote, who added that she had been followed by Chinese officials while
she was in Beijing.

The protest, despite its fervor, remained peaceful.
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