Pro-Tibet Demonstrator Speaks about Detention in Beijing
Kurt Langer, 34, is a member of the board of Students for a Free Tibet. While Langer did not actively participate in any of the group's protests in Beijing, he observed them and explained the goals of the demonstrations to the media.
Other protestors had only been questioned for only a few hours and immediately deported. But earlier this week, Langer was detained and interrogated for 10 hours by Chinese police.
"I think they were trying their best to be professional with me. And civil. At the same time, they were using all kinds of psychological tactics," he remembered about the night he spent in police custody.
"They were hoping I would confess to being the main organizers for all the Tibet protests. They were really big on confessions, like in the Cultural Revolution era," Langer said.
"They were looking for a big conspiracy. I think they felt pretty confident that they had caught a big fish."
Langer spoke about his experiences with one of our producers at WashingtonPost.com from his home in Boston.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
August 23, 2008; 1:00 AM ET
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