By Nick Gulotta
New York, August 8 - On the day of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies 10 local Tibetans chained themselves to each other and to police barricades outside of the Chinese Consulate. Others sat down on the West Side Highway across the street from the building. The activists were arrested and are now in police custody.
At about 12:00pm a group of 4 Tibetans ran to the middle of the Chinese Consulate and chained themselves to the police barricades sounding the consulate. Shortly after, a group of 6 chained Tibetans eluding New York police officers staged a “sit in” in front of the Consulate.
The group remained chained outside the consulate for about a half hour before their chains were cut and they were forcibly removed.
Shortly after, the massive crowd of approximately 1,500 protesters marched to the United Nations, then onto the Chinese Mission.
In addition to the local actions, Tibet activists have also launched nonviolent protests on the ground in Beijing. The most recent of which involved a flag protest on the grounds of the Olympic Village wherein three protesters displayed Tibetan national flags. Chinese security tackled them 40 seconds after the protest began. They were immediately removed and forcibly detained.