Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Free Tibet banner on Great Wall

Free Tibet banner on Great Wall fuels official fears of more rights protests
Mary-Anne Toy Herald Correspondent in Beijing
August 8, 2007

BEIJING'S security forces are bracing for possible protests at Tiananmen Square tonight - where the city is due to celebrate the one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games - after a giant banner calling for a free Tibet was unfurled at the Great Wall.

Police arrested six protesters - all foreign nationals - after two of them abseiled down the Mutianyu stretch of the wall, 90 minutes from Beijing, early yesterday to unveil a 42-metre banner. It read: "One world, one dream, free Tibet 2008", a play on the 2008 Game's official slogan "One world, one dream".

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