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ELEANOR HALL: A Free Tibet protester who managed to escape arrest at a bold demonstration in
Beijing this morning says the group plans to be even more daring in future.

Several foreigners were among the pro-Tibet protesters who managed to hang a huge "Free Tibet"
banner from China's Central Television tower.

Five of them - an Australian-Canadian, a Briton and three US citizens - were detained in the city's
central business district this morning.

American Kurt Langer was also there but managed to evade police. Our reporter Alison Caldwell
caught up with him a short time ago.

KURT LANGER: The (inaudible) had a great start. It was a very successful banner hang on the CCTV
main offices.

ALISON CALDWELL: Did people walking past, like passers by, say anything to you about...

KURT LANGER: Nobody said anything to me. It took a while for people to notice, to notice it because
it was quite early in the morning.

But when they did, you know, crowds gathered and there was a lot of people reading as it was
written in both ... it said "Free Tibet" in both English and Chinese.

We put up a billboard right in front of the CCTV station offices that says "One World, One Dream"
with the Olympics logo and there was the support structure on the back of the billboard that was
pretty easy for the climbers to go up to get to the top of the billboard and then they dropped the
banner over the top and then repelled down with mountain climbing gear.

ALISON CALDWELL: And how did the police treat you?

KURT LANGER: Well they, it took them a while to figure out what to do with the climbers, how to get
them down and then they quickly detained them. I was able to evade them.

ALISON CALDWELL: The other protesters, were they arrested?

KURT LANGER: Yeah, they were detained and I don't know if they have been charged yet because I
haven't heard anything from them.

ALISON CALDWELL: Is the group having to be more daring in its stunts each time as the security
situation around Beijing tightens?

KURT LANGER: I mean, I wouldn't go to overly daring just to get the message out. To focus the
spotlight that is currently on the Olympics, to focus it onto what is really going on inside Tibet
and so we certainly have to clever in how we get around security measures but.

ALISON CALDWELL: It wasn't your usual demonstration; is that what you mean by being more clever?

KURT LANGER: Yeah, we've done banner hangs in the past. We did one on the Great Wall last summer.
But we're really following the lead of the Tibetans themselves who, I would say they are the ones
who are daring in March when they took to the street.

ALISON CALDWELL: Will there be more protests?

KURT LANGER: Yeah certainly. I can't say specifically when or where but we're going to take full
advantage of the Olympics being here in Beijing.

ALISON CALDWELL: Now it's understood that the people who have been detained, will be eventually
removed and deported from China. Is that what you believe?

KURT LANGER: That is what we have experienced in the past. There's no way to predict how they are
going to handle each individual case, but experience has let us to believe they'll be questioned
and then deported as quickly as possible.

ALISON CALDWELL: What are you going to do now?

KURT LANGER: Just regroup and, you know, prepare for our next event.

ALISON CALDWELL: And can you tell us anything about that?

KURT LANGER: No, I can't but you know we'll just keep working hard to keep the media focus where is
should be, which is not on the glitz and glamour of a sideshow attraction.

(Inaudible) the events, the athletic events and competitions for just about all the other hoopla
that surrounds the Games. You know, it's really a distraction from what is really going on here in
this country, which every human rights group that monitors this stuff will point to the Olympics.

Not only has it not brought improvements in humans rights, but it has actually been a pretext to
clamp down on people's rights and really execute a massive security infrastructure that prevents
further freedoms.

ELEANOR HALL: That's the head of Students for a Free Tibet, Kurt Langer, speaking from Beijing to
our reporter, Alison Caldwell.