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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

6. 3rd Canadian detained by China, student group says (CBC)

All three Canadians are from British Columbia

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 | 6:46 AM PT

CBC News

A third Canadian has been arrested by Chinese authorities following a
protest at the Great Wall against the Chinese presence in Tibet, a
student group told CBC News.

Lhadon Tethong, a Tibetan-Canadian and executive director of Students
for a Free Tibet, and Paul Golding, a British member of the group, were
detained Tuesday night in Beijing, the group said Wednesday.

Tenzin Dorjee, deputy director of Students for a Free Tibet, told CBC
News that at about 2 a.m. ET Tethong was on her cellphone with the group
when Chinese security personnel came and took her away.

"Since then we haven't heard anything from her and we don't know exactly
where she's being kept right now," he said.

She was writing on her blog and posting videos and photos online about
what the group calls China's "propaganda campaign" leading up to next
year's Olympic Games.

Tracey Rees, a cousin of Liadon Tethog said she spoke with Tethog about
10 days ago when she came to Toronto to visit before her trip to China.

"Her plan was to see what she could find out and to find out whether
Beijing is as wide open as it claims to be, if they really have cleaned
up their human rights record as they claimed to have, and how free and
open it was for her to be able to express her thoughts and views."

On Tuesday, six protesters, including Sam Price and Melanie Raoul from
Vancouver, were arrested after they unfurled a 42-square-metre banner
reading "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008" in English and Chinese
from the Great Wall. A U.K. resident and three from the U.S were part of
the six detained.

The banner adds three words — "Free Tibet 2008" — to the official slogan
of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tuesday started the one-year countdown to
the Olympics.

Dorjee said Tethong, who was born and raised in Victoria, B.C., has been
executive director of the organization for the past four years. He said
she wasn't part of the Great Wall protest but that for the past six
days, she has been travelling in Beijing, openly blogging to describe
the situation in Tibet.

China has yet to confirm whether it has the three Canadians in custody.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Bernard Nyguyen said the
government is trying to find out what happened. But he said if Chinese
officials confirm the pair were arrested, the government will demand
they receive immediate access to consular support.

Officials with the American and British embassies in Beijing also say
they have been unable to get any information from the Chinese.

"To simply not know anything about his whereabouts or what's happening
to him at this moment is very disturbing and very unsettling," Caroline
Price, the mother of 32-year-old Sam Price, told CBC News on Tuesday.

Yvon Raoul, the father of 25-year-old Melanie Raoul, said his daughter
was part of the protest organized by SFT.

"Sometimes we wish that she hadn't done it," Raoul told CBC News. "But
at the same time one has to accept as a parent that your child is an
independent being, and she has a mind of her own."

Advocates who want Tibet freed from China say the Chinese government is
using the Games to gain international acceptance.

The group also wants the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to push
the case for Tibetan freedom.

The media-savvy group is using blogs and YouTube, where they have posted
a video of the banner being hung from the Great Wall, to attract
worldwide attention.

China invaded Tibet in 1950, and in 1999 declared it to be an
"inseparable part of China." In 2004, a government policy paper said
Tibet had always been part of China, and before the Chinese imposed
direct rule, Tibet was "even darker and more backward than medieval Europe."

With files from the Canadian Press

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing (SFT)
  2. One World, One Dream, One Big Human Rights Problem (Der Spiegel)
  3. Unlucky start to Games countdown (Scotsman)
  4. Great Wall protest (Vancouver Sun)
  5. China detains third Canadian, a leader of activist group seeking free Tibet (CP)
  6. 3rd Canadian detained by China, student group says (CBC)
  7. Activists arrested in China (The Province)
  8. Protesters in action as Beijing gets set for one-year countdown to Olympics (AP)
  9. Parents worried after 2 Vancouverites reportedly held in China (CBC)
  10. Canadians detained in China now leaving country, reports say
  11. Activists Step Up Criticism of China, One Year Before Beijing Olympics (VOA)
  12. Beijing Olympics can't avoid political issues (New Zealand Herald)
  13. China: Human-Rights Pressure Increases As Olympic Countdown Begins
  14. Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule in Tibet (AP)
  15. Tibetans protest 2008 Beijing Olympics (ANI)
  16. Tibetans to hold massive rally against Chinese government (IANS)
  17. Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
  18. Terror in Tibet
  19. Sinopec establishes exploration base in Tibet

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