Five American Pro-Tibet Activists Detained

Five American activists who unfurled a banner spelling out "Free Tibet" on Tuesday near the National Stadium in Beijing have been detained.

The five protesters were taken away by security before midnight, according to Students for a Free Tibet. The organization identified the detained activists as Amy Johnson, 33, Sam Corbin, 24, Liza Smith, 31, Jacob Blumenfeld, 26, and Lauren Valle, 21.

Separately, another American James Powderly, a graffiti artist who had planned to use lasers to flash messages about Tibet on buildings in Beijing, was also detained.

--Ariana Eunjung Cha

August 20, 2008; 12:42 AM ET  | Category:  Postmark Beijing
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Is it true? I've never heard of it.

Posted by: Jeffery | August 21, 2008 1:47 AM

I feel they are disrespectful to the whole world in their actions. The Olympics should be only about sports and learning about each other to promote understanding. By staging this protest they show they have no feeling for anyone other than themselves and their 'agenda'. They deserve NO respect.

Posted by: freedom | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM

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