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China Deports German and British Activists  བོད་སྐད།

China has deported a German man and British woman who took part in pro-Tibet protests during the Olympic Games.

The two activists, Florian Norbu Gyanatshang and Mandie McKeown were flown out of Beijing just hours after eight Americans were sent home during the closing ceremony of the Games.

Last week, China sentenced the 10 foreign nationals to 10 days of administrative detention for their involvement in the pro-Tibet protests. They were all released early following appeals from the British and U.S. governments.

In a statement Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry defended the detentions, accusing the foreign activists of engaging in Tibet independence activities and violating Chinese law.

The U.S.-based Students for a Free Tibet says 53 foreign activists from North America, Europe and Asia were deported in connection with pro-Tibet protests held in Beijing since August sixth.

China says it fulfilled the promises on human rights and freedom of the press that it made when it was awarded the Games.

But journalists and rights activists tell a different story.

The Foreign Correspondents Club in China says it has confirmed more than 30 cases of reporting interference, and heard of another 20 during the Games.

And, while China designated three parks as protest zones during the Games, Chinese officials say not one of 77 requests for protests was approved.

In one case, two women in their seventies were sentenced to one year of re-education through labor for applying to protest in the government sanctioned parks.