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Student arrested over Tibet protest

April 11, 2008

Haverhill, 10 April 2008 (Haverhill Echo)

A HUMAN rights campaigner has relived the moment he abseiled down a
famous London landmark to defy the law and unfurl a 920 sq ft Free Tibet

banner.

Pete Speller, 23, from Ashdon, was one of four members of Students For A
Free Tibet who lowered themselves below Westminster Bridge on

Saturday to highlight their battle against human rights abuses by the
Chinese government.

The quartet managed to open the One World, One Dream: Free Tibet 2008
banner, a move which openly mocked the China Olympics slogan One

World, One Dream, before being arrested by police.

Mr Speller, an intern at People And Planet Student Campaign Network in
Oxford, was subsequently banned from entering Greenwich and Westminster,

rendering him unable to take part in the demonstrations that were held
the next day against the Olympic torch relay through the city.

He said: "The campaign is part of a long-running campaign we've been
doing for a number of years.

"What we wanted and what we achieved was to make the story about Tibet
and not about the China Olympic torch.

"If we can keep th
eTibet issue in the media it's continually embarassing China."

Last August Mr Speller and five other Students For A Free Tibet
protesters spent 36 hours in police custody in Beijing after being
arrested for

hanging a 450 sq ft banner with the same slogan from the Great Wall of
China.

Mr Speller added: "People in the West are free to protest. The police
may on occasion be heavy-handed but we are still allowed to protest. In
Tibet,

as we have seen over the last few weeks, even peacefully protesting for
their own independence will land them in jail, which means beatings,
torture

and potentially execution.

"It is nothing for us to protest, absolutely nothing, compared to what
Tibetans living under the oppressive occupation of China go through."

Mr Speller and his fellow protesters were bailed to return to a London
police station later this month.

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