British journalist arrested for covering Free Tibet protest in Beijing
AFP[Wednesday, August 13, 2008 14:25]
John Ray, China correspondent for Independent Television News (ITN), speaks on his phone after being released from a brief detaintion by Chinese police near the Olympic National Stadium in Beijing on August 13, 2008. Chinese police dragged British journalist Ray along the ground and detained him after he tried to report on a pro-Tibet protest. Uniformed police pounced on Ray and wrestled him to the ground shortly after foreign protesters unfurled a pro-Tibet banner, witnesses and the reporter said. (AFP/Getty Images)
John Ray, China correspondent for Independent Television News (ITN), speaks on his phone after being released from a brief detaintion by Chinese police near the Olympic National Stadium in Beijing on August 13, 2008. Chinese police dragged British journalist Ray along the ground and detained him after he tried to report on a pro-Tibet protest. Uniformed police pounced on Ray and wrestled him to the ground shortly after foreign protesters unfurled a pro-Tibet banner, witnesses and the reporter said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Beijing, August 13 - Chinese police dragged a British journalist along the ground and detained him after he tried to report on a pro-Tibet protest near the main Olympic stadium, witnesses told AFP.

Uniformed police pounced on John Ray, the China correspondent for Independent Television News (ITN), shortly after a group of foreign protesters unfurled a pro-Tibet banner, the reporter and another ITN staff member said.

The protesters were arrested within seconds and Ray was dragged into a nearby restaurant and forcibly held down by officers who also stamped on his hands, they said.

“I tried to explain to them that I was a British journalist but they would not even let me take out my identifiction documents, they were very rough,” Ray said.

ITN cameraman Ben England said he tried to film the protest but was physically prevented from doing so by police who manhandled him and used umbrellas to try to block his camera.

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