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U.S. Embassy requests immediate release of foreign protesters

Updated: August 24, 2008, 2:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- The U.S. Embassy pressed China to immediately free foreign activists jailed for protesting at the Olympics and criticized Beijing on Sunday for failing to use the Games to show "greater tolerance and openness."

The New York-based group Students for a Free Tibet said eight Americans were deported during the Olympics' Closing Ceremony on Sunday, but there was no immediate confirmation from U.S. or Chinese officials.

The blunt U.S. criticism came just hours before the end of ...

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