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Monday, August 11, 2008

canadians deported from china.

How many Chinese do you suppose will be deported from Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games?

BEIJING — Seven Canadians have been deported from China following a rash of pro-Tibetan protests in Beijing in recent days that has prompted Chinese authorities to tighten security further.

Steve Andersen, 28, from Edmonton, and Maude Cote, 28, from Montreal, along with a Tibetan-German woman were arrested by plainclothes police officers after they reportedly unfurled a Tibetan flag just after 3 p.m. Sunday in Beijing, just outside the southern entrance of Tiananmen Square.

A short time after those arrests, Mike Hudema, a prominent spokesman for Greenpeace in Alberta, was detained along with four other people from Edmonton and Vancouver in a Beijing hotel, their luggage thoroughly searched before being questioned individually in the basement.

The five Canadians who were detained at a Beijing hotel before subsequently being deported were identified as Mr. Hudema, 31, Jasmine Freed, 27, Paul Christopher Baker, 29, Denise Ogonoski, 26, and William Nelson, 26.
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I suppose that as many Chinese citizens that willfully break Canadian laws will deported or sanctioned in some way. Do the crime - accept the time, whether you agree with the local laws or not.

Anonymous said...

I see that Denise Ogonoski of Rachel Notley's office is in there again, "fighting the good fight." As long as she's paying her own way, and actually taking holidays, goo on her. If not, isn't breaking the law in a foreign country and being deported from there enough for our notoriously blind legislative assembly management team to say, hey, wait a minute, perhaps this person should not have access to private materials of constituents? I'm just askin...

Jonas said...

Dave, just what is the state of the relationship between the Greenpeace vanguard and the Alberta NDP right now? I take it from Samantha Power's letter that Denise Ogonoski has been fired.

I trust they were there to raise awareness.

Art said...

Denise resigned from Notley's office in June.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they were deported. But they also got out scott-free. Probably turtled at the first sign of trouble, shouting "don't hurt me, I'm Canadian".

Want to make a difference? Don't watch the damn Olympics. No one here is defending the Chinese... the leadership are brutal tyrants only a generation (or less) separated from Tianemmen Square.

But to fly out from Canada to protest the Olympics - in China, where it is a huge point of pride for the locals - speaks only of narcissim for those involved.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hudema and company through their actions in China once again have shown why sadly the general public view Greenpeace and activism in general as joke. Why would a rationale person attempt to protest in country that everyone with common sense knows is undemocratic, does not respect human rights, and has a history of brutally suppressing any protest and dissent? Mr. Hudema and company are attempting a democratic action (protesting) in an undemocratic country which is not rationale and not smart and therefore they are seen by the general public as joke. Mr. Hudema and company should be grateful that they are as Mr. Andersen says were treated “fairly well” because I’m sure they could have been dealt with more severely.

bweiland said...

Mr. Hudema and company through their actions in China once again have shown why sadly the general public view Greenpeace and activism in general as joke. Why would a rationale person attempt to protest in country that everyone with common sense knows is undemocratic, does not respect human rights, and has a history of brutally suppressing any protest and dissent? Mr. Hudema and company are attempting a democratic action (protesting) in an undemocratic country which is not rationale and not smart and therefore they are seen by the general public as joke. Mr. Hudema and company should be grateful that they are as Mr. Andersen says were treated “fairly well” because I’m sure they could have been dealt with more severely.

Jeff J. said...

Greenpeace bringing awareness to the undemocratic nature of China? Wow, what's new for Hudema and company? Travelling to the desert to bring awareness to the heat? Unfurling a banner at the next Wil Ferrel movie to bring awareness to the comedic nature of the film?

Their 15 minutes is up, no one knows what it is they really want other than attention.

Marnie Tunay said...

Clearly, Canadians in general have more moral courage than do their leaders.
Marnie Tunay
http://fakirscanada.googlepages.com/

Anonymous said...

Good for them. It's more than past time the world started paying attention to what the Chinese Government is up to.

Here is an intriguing story of a blogger in China.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that some people believe that the "world" should care about things that they care about?

Since when did the "world" lose the ability to decide for themselves what they care about?

And how do 3 ignorant/attention seeking individuals bring anything to the world? All I see is ignorance and a little naivete.