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Alive In Baghdad Arrested In Beijing

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Brian Conley, a friend of mine and the creator of Alive in Baghdad was among 6 people recently arrested in Beijing, China while traveling to cover pro-Tibet demonstrations.

detainedUpdate from his wife Eowyn…
As of about 8 pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, August 21 Brian and 5 others had been detained for approximately 77 hours, with no communication from them and minimal direct information from the Chinese authorities.

Earlier on Thursday, according to the Agency France Press the Beijing police disclosed that “Thomas” and 5 other unnamed activists had been sentenced to 10 days administrative detention for “upsetting public order.” We believe that the 6 detainees are Brian Conley, Jeff Rae (who also works with Alive in Baghdad), James Powderly, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, and Tom Grant.

After 72 hours of detention, foreign governments are expected to inform local embassies of the detention of any foreign nationals. The US Embassy has been confirmed the names of the 6 detainees with the Chinese authorities. The Embassy has also been in touch with Eowyn and assured her that they are working diligently to gain access to Brian and the other detainees.

I applaud Brian and all his colleagues for doing the right thing. More people need to raise their voices especially if they have the spotlight on them… ehem Redeem Team? The ESPY’s even honored Tommy Smith and Juan Carlos with the Arthur Ashe Award for their courage during the 1968 Summer Olympics Awards ceremony when they made a statement so powerful the world took notice and so did we. These same athletes that are in China participating were in the crowd in awe.

I don’t expect anyone to “get out of line” and protest. But I’d love to be proved wrong. Brian, I’m with you buddy. If you want to know more about Brian and his colleagues you can follow their story on Free Tibet 2008.

Here is a conversation I had with Brian in 06.

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