Pro-Tibetan activists unfurled a banner
proclaiming "Free Tibet" over an Olympics poster at the headquarters of China's nationwide TV broadcaster.
This is the latest in a string of unsanctioned protests during the first full
week of the Olympics. Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing.
Chinese police Friday detained five foreign
protesters from the group, Students for a Free Tibet.
The group says two
of the demonstrators had climbed up on the still under-construction headquarters
China Central Television to hang the banner. The other three
watched from below.
"While China has its coming out party to the world,
people forget that in Tibet right now, there's a vicious military crackdown
that's been in place since March," said a protester.
There is no
immediate word as to what happened to Friday's protesters. But other foreign
demonstrators detained recently have been quickly deported.
is the latest in a series of small-scale demonstrations by pro-Tibet and other
foreign activists, who have criticized China for alleged repression in Tibet,
human rights abuses and religious restrictions.
American activist, Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek, had his visa revoked last
week, right before he was due to travel to China as a private citizen. He
founded a group called "Team Darfur," that aims to raise awareness of the
ongoing crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur. His group is one that points to
China's close relations with the Sudanese government, and calls on Beijing to do
more to help resolve the Darfur crisis.
One protest in Beijing earlier
this week, that wasn't aimed at China, involved a small group of Georgian
citizens, who held demonstrations in front of the Russian Embassy in
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters the
crowd was persuaded to disperse and leave, and that what he called "no extreme
actions" took place.
Qin also repeated the
standard answer he gives to questions about all protests in China - stressing
that the staging of processions and demonstrations in China must abide by
Chinese laws and regulations.
Meanwhile, Chinese public security
authorities have not responded to faxed questions as to how many protest
applications they have approved during the Olympics. All Chinese or foreign
groups have to apply for permission to hold demonstrations in one of Beijing's
officially-designated protest parks.