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Tibetan Man and Three Supporters Detained After Beijing Protest

August 22, 2008

August 20, 2008

Intensive Surveillance Fails To Prevent Action For Tibet
August 21, 2008

In Asia, Lhadon Tethong, Executive Director, and
Kate Woznow, Campaigns Director, +1 917 289 0219 or +44 20 7084 6245

**Bios and photos of the activists available

Beijing -- After intense surveillance by up to 50 plainclothes
police, a Tibetan-German man and two pro-Tibet activists protested
tonight near the Bird's Nest stadium. The three raised their fists in
the air, unfurled a Tibetan flag, and called out "Free Tibet" at
approximately 12:05 am Beijing time. A fourth Tibet activist who
observed the protest was detained by police at the scene. The four
were taken away in a police vehicle and their whereabouts are unknown.

The four are Tibetan-German Florian Norbu Gyanatshang, 30, American
Jeremy Wells, 38, American John Watterberg, 30, and Briton Mandie McKeown, 41.

"Against all odds, a Tibetan has once again raised our outlawed
national flag in Beijing tonight," said Lhadon Tethong, the
Tibetan-Canadian Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
"This action symbolises the determination and steadfast commitment of
the Tibetan people and our supporters from around the world to
achieve freedom and justice for six million Tibetans living under the
brutal rule of the Chinese government."

Tibetans and Tibet supporters have defied the best efforts of the
Chinese authorities to silence all voices of dissent during the
Olympic Games, staging eight protests in Beijing over the past two
weeks. The protests have ranged from technically-challenging banner
hangs to a dramatic "die-in" at Tiananmen Square. Surveillance
efforts by Chinese authorities increased dramatically over the past few days.

"The Chinese government is petrified of these peaceful acts of
defiance simply because they represent the true feelings of Tibetans
inside Tibet," said Tenzin Dorjee, Deputy Director of Students for a
Free Tibet. "Our protests are a reminder to the world of the tragic
reality of the Chinese government's illegitimate occupation of Tibet
and the urgent need for the Chinese leadership to seek a resolution
with the Tibetan people."

Five other members and supporters of Students for a Free Tibet were
deported from Beijing today after unfurling a LED light banner last
night; an artist and five bloggers and activists remain missing or in
detention after 47 hours.


1) Students for a Free Tibet's protests have included a dramatic
banner hang near the Bird's Nest Stadium; a display of Tibetan flags
near the Bird's Nest just before the opening ceremony began; a
symbolic die-in at Tiananmen Square; a protest by a Tibetan woman
with flags outside Tiananmen Square; a blockade of the Chinese Ethnic
Culture Park; a "Free Tibet" banner hang outside the CCTV
headquarters; and the unfurling of an LED light "throwie" banner
outside the Bird's Nest stadium. Forty-two members and supporters
have been detained and deported, not including those detained today.

2) Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is a network of young people and
activists campaigning for Tibetan independence, with 700 chapters in
more than thirty countries worldwide. SFT's international
headquarters are in New York, with offices in Toronto, London, and
Dharamsala, India.
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