“Around 10 p.m. NYC time (10 a.m. Beijng time) six courageous
Tibetan independence activists from the UK, US, and Canada were
detained by Chinese authorities after rappelling (abseiling) off the
top of the Great Wall of China with a 450-square foot banner reading
“One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008” in English and Chinese.
The activists from the UK, the US and Canada are Sam Price, Melanie
Raoul, Leslie Kaup, Duane Martinez, Pete Speller and Nupur Modi. Their
current whereabouts are unknown but we are monitoring the situation
The action took place on the eve of the one-year countdown to the 2008
Beijing Olympics as China was preparing for what they thought would be
a glorious celebration. As Ben Blanchard from The Guardian has already
reported: “Free Tibet activists on the Great Wall, a barrage of
critical rights reports, a shroud of smog hanging over Beijing —
China’s government must surely have imagined a more auspicious one-year
countdown for the Olympics.”
To see the footage of these amazing Tibetan freedom activists in action, click on the links below:
You can also see still photos at:
ALSO, DON’T FORGET to check www.BeijingWideOpen.org
for Lhadon Tethong’s latest posts. Watch footage of her recent
encounter with IOC President Jacques Rogge at his Beijing hotel.
Lhadon and Paul continue reporting from Beijing, exposing the reality
of China’s propaganda campaign.”
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