At least two Americans have been arrested for pro-Tibet protest at Everest Base camp on the North side of Everest. Reports vary on the number arrested / "detained" after they held a pro Tibet rally by displaying a banner "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008."
The protest was organized by students for a free Tibet.
American Free Tibet activists arrested in BC
Four US citizens were detained by Chinese authorities yesterday in Everest’s north side BC. The Americans, calling for the independence of Tibet and against Beijing Olympics, unfurled a banner reading "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008", and "Free Tibet" written in Tibetan and Chinese.
"According to an eyewitness report, Chinese authorities detained the activists, including Tenzin Dorjee, a Tibetan-American, who was wearing a T-shirt that read "No Torch through Tibet," reported Phayul. "Prior to his detention, he lit a symbolic torch of Tibetan freedom and sang the Tibetan National Anthem. Tenzin Dorjee is the first known exiled Tibetan to stage a protest inside Tibet."
"Mount Everest is not in China, it's in Tibet, very near where Chinese border guards shot and killed unarmed Tibetan refugees last September,” said Lhadon Tethong, the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet - organizers of the protest. “The International Olympic Committee has no business promoting the Chinese government's political agenda by allowing the torch to be run through Tibet."