Deported Brit pro-Tibetan protesters vow to return to China

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London, Aug.8 : Two British graduates who were responsible for an audacious pro-Tibet demonstration on the eve of the Olympics returned home yesterday promising that theirs was the first of a wave of protests.

Lucy Fairbrother, 23, and Iain Thom, 24, were deported after Thom, an experienced climber, scaled a 120ft (35m) pylon outside Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium on Wednesday morning and unfurled a giant banner reading: "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet."

As the pair arrived back at London City airport to be welcomed by family and supporters, Fairbrother said: "We are only a very small part of this campaign and the ongoing struggle. There will be more protests."

The Times quoted Thom as saying: "It was definitely all worth it but expect there to be more. The job is not done."

"I'll be diving straight back into it as soon as possible. The Olympics are three weeks where we won't get much sleep. We've been preparing for this moment since Beijing got the Olympics so it's not one we're going to miss," added Fairbrother.

Thom said that he had smuggled the climbing gear and materials for the banner into China in his suitcase, but admitted that airport security was tight but the equipment that he had brought in was standard climbing equipment.

The Chinese held both for 12 hours before being escorted to the airport for a flight to Frankfurt, where they boarded another to Britain.

According to Fairbrother, the police interrogation lasted about five hours, and was "scary".

"There were lots of surreal moments," she added.

Two Americans, Phill Bartell and Tirian Mink, who carried out a similar protest, were also deported. They were flying to San Francisco.

ANI

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