Pro-Tibet group: Activists protest in Tiananmen

Aug. 09, 2008, 1:12 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) A pro-Tibet group says five activists staged a "peaceful protest" in Tiananmen Square, breaching heavy security that has surrounded the heart of Beijing for the Olympic Games.

Lhadon Thetong, executive director for Students for a Free Tibet, says the protesters draped themselves in Tibetan flags and lay down in the square on Saturday.

It wasn't immediately clear if they were stopped by authorities.

The action came a day after three Americans from the group were detained while displaying Tibetan flags near the entrance to the National Stadium, where the opening ceremony for the games was held.

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