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Tibetans Arrested for Civil Disobedience at NYC Chinese Consulate

Date: Monday, 11-August-2008
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By Nick Gulotta
August 9, 2008

New York, August 8 -- On the day of the 2008 Beijing Olympic openingceremonies 10 local Tibetans chained themselves to each other and topolice barricades outside of the Chinese Consulate. Others sat downon the West Side Highway across the street from the building. Theactivists were arrested and are now in police custody.

At about 12:00pm a group of 4 Tibetans ran to the middle of theChinese Consulate and chained themselves to the police barricadessounding the consulate. Shortly after, a group of 6 chained Tibetanseluding New York police officers staged a "sit in" in front of the Consulate.

The group remained chained outside the consulate for about a halfhour before their chains were cut and they were forcibly removed.

Shortly after, the massive crowd of approximately 1,500 protestersmarched to the United Nations, then onto the Chinese Mission.

In addition to the local actions, Tibet activists have also launchednonviolent protests on the ground in Beijing. The most recent ofwhich involved a flag protest on the grounds of the Olympic Villagewherein three protesters displayed Tibetan national flags. Chinesesecurity tackled them 40 seconds after the protest began. They wereimmediately removed and forcibly detained.

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