China Frees 8 American Protesters After Diplomatic Pressure
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.