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  | Category:  Postmark Beijing
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political hooligans

Posted by: LZ | August 23, 2008 2:34 AM

If you have this much extra energy, why don't you protest the U.S. government for the Iraq war, which made millons of people dead or homeless. Please try to learn to respect chinese people and leave them alone.

Posted by: whoiswho | August 23, 2008 3:42 PM

Respect is earned, and the government of China has done nothing to earn the world's respect for its treatment of Tibet and its people.

Detaining people for voicing legitimate grievances only draws attention to the weaknesses of the oppressors.

The PRC government may not lie or cheat any more than its counterparts in other nations, doesn't make them any less a bunch of liars or cheats.

And now for my latest suppression I'll persecute septuagenarians for protesting the destruction of their homes. So how'd that work out? Rather than letting two women have their opportunity to vent, the Chinese government has managed to turn the Year of the Rat into the Year of the Horse's . . .

Posted by: fwiw_in_NoVa | August 23, 2008 6:44 PM

Once again, Ariana Eunjung Cha, sounds like a political activist instead of a being a true journalist. All of her "reporting" from China have been decidedly one sided.

Posted by: peace | August 23, 2008 10:52 PM

I dare these people to go to Middle East to protest.

Posted by: raising a stake! | August 24, 2008 2:56 AM

Silly/stupid.. get a life..

Posted by: hansolo | August 24, 2008 10:19 AM

Hey Peace, why do you even need to comment on Ariana's report. Everyone knows in the US, the media is controlled by politics and our America-corporations. US journalists job is to report what they think the America-corporations like to hear and hide away 'negative facts'. The majority of the US media do not have the spirit of a real journalist anymore. They are simply 'story-tellers' that try to sway your thoughts one way or the other.

Posted by: S. McCollough | August 24, 2008 5:21 PM

can i protest infront of the whitehouse without permit? how about make it a little simple: Can i protest any place in the USA, at anytime with out a permit?

Posted by: protest without permit? | August 24, 2008 6:52 PM

What I know is that most these protesters are losers living with theor parents and with no real jobs. They think they would achieve something with their stunts. They might do better somewhere else.

Posted by: Adam Pete | August 24, 2008 11:41 PM

Nobody ever heard of the so-called "Free Tibet" protesters until recently. Who are they? You can imagine them being a group of decendents of American Indians born and growing up outside of the U.S. and now claiming Arizona should be freed and separate from the U.S. Their view is in no way supported by the people living in Tibet. Even Dalai Larma, the spiriual leader of Tibetans living abroad, disagrees with these fools on their goals, message and tactics.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 12:49 AM

If you have this much extra energy, why don't you protest the U.S. government for the Iraq war, which made millons of people dead or homeless. Please try to learn to respect chinese people and leave them alone
(copied from whoiswho.)
those guys who want toFree tibet are all political hooligans. You even know nothing about Tibet.Just agaist PRC government. Those guys who kill people in Tibet ,set fire to the shops are not PRC goverment

Posted by: Someguysarestupid | August 25, 2008 4:44 AM

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