Journalist in clash at Olympics





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Published on Aug 14, 2008

Aug. 14 - UK broadcaster ITN's cameras catch the moment their correspondent is arrested as he tries to report on a protest by pro-Tibet activists.

John Ray was forcibly removed along with pro-Tibet demonstrators outside Beijing's Ethnic Minorities Park, close to the main Olympic zone on Wednesday (13 August 2008).

What started as a peaceful demonstration allowed to proceed by the Chinese police ended in angry clashes between police officers and protesters after activists tried to display the 'Snow Lion' flag which symbolises a free Tibet and is illegal in China.

Ray was bundled into a police van and taken away and later released.

China has said the Olympics should not be used as a platform for political protest.


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