Jill Drew, Washington Post Foreign Service write:
China released eight American protesters from jail and put them on a plane for Los Angeles on Sunday night as the Beijing Olympics closed in a rousing ceremony at the Bird’s Nest stadium, an advocacy group said.
. . . All of those detained had staged protests on behalf of Students for a Free Tibet.
The group’s executive director, Lhadon Tethong, said: “After two days of negative publicity over its extrajudicial detention of 10 Tibet supporters, the Chinese government is seeking to suppress a story that would have cast a shadow over the closing ceremony of these Olympic Games, which includes a final propaganda push to legitimize China’s rule in Tibet, with Tibetans singing and dancing along with other so-called ‘ethnic minorities.’ ”