China boots Boulder man
Boulder man deported to U.S. after Beijing protest
BOULDER, Colorado” A Boulder man has been deported from China and sent back to the United States after climbing up lamp poles outside the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest.
Thirty-four-year-old Phill Bartell was among a group of pro-Tibet activists called Students for a Free Tibet. The four were detained Wednesday after putting up 140-square-foot banners proclaiming “Free Tibet,” ”Tibet Will Be Free,” and “One World, One Dream: Free Tibet.”
Group spokesman Matt Whitticase said Thursday that Bartell, and Tirian Mink of Portland, Ore., were deported and flown to San Francisco on Thursday. Two others, both British, were deported to Frankfurt, Germany.
The protest came two days before the Olympics’ opening ceremony at the stadium in Beijing.