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Canadians deported from China following pro-Tibet demonstrations

August 12, 2008

The Globe and Mail (Canada)
August 10, 2008

BEIJING (CP) -- Several more Canadians have been deported from China
following pro-Tibet protests in Beijing.

Steve Andersen, from Edmonton, and a Tibetan-German, were arrested by
plainclothes police officers after they unfurled a Tibetan flag.

A short time after the arrests, Mike Hudema, a spokesman for
Greenpeace in Alberta, was arrested with four other people from Edmonton.

"They came into our apartment. They ransacked our entire apartment,
went through all of our bags, all of our luggage, despite the fact
that we never consented to any searches," Mr. Hudema told CTV in a
telephone interview.

"We were taken to the police holding facility and interrogated for
several hours before we were deported."

Mr. Hudema said that he and several members of the group were in
Beijing to observe and did not take part in any protests.

Another Canadian, 24-year-old Chris Schwartz, was also reportedly
deported from China.

Mr. Schwartz, a student at Montreal's Concordia University and a
long-time member of the pro-Tibetan movement, was taken into custody
after a mock "die-in" at Tiananmen Square to protest China's
occupation of Tibet.

Wrapped in Tibetan flags, he and a small group of people covered
their mouths with fake blood before denouncing the occupation.

Police quickly moved in and detained them.

During the lead-up to the Olympics, Tibetan activists have tried to
ramp up pressure on China, especially in the wake of violent protests
in Tibet back in March.

Many Tibetans believe China forcibly annexed their territory when
Chinese troops invaded in 1950. China insists Tibet has always been
part of its territory.

Most of the deported Canadians are either in Hong Kong or Laos and
will eventually catch planes to Vancouver.
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