China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure

Eight Americans and a Briton who were serving ten-day sentences for staging pro- during the Olympics have been released, according to the Washington Post:

Top diplomats at the U.S. and British embassies earlier in the day had pressed for the immediate release of 10 foreigners — the eight Americans, a Briton and a German citizen of Tibetan origin. All had been sentenced to 10 days of detention after police swarmed their unauthorized pro-Tibet demonstrations last week. Forty-eight other foreign protesters detained by Chinese authorities during the Games were immediately deported.

The Briton was still being held but was expected to be deported Monday morning, a source said. The fate of the German was unclear, but he was also expected to be released.

August 24, 2008, 9:32 PM
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