British woman jailed in China after Tibet protest

LONDON — Chinese authorities have sentenced a British woman arrested in Beijing during a pro-Tibet protest to 10 days in jail, the Britain's foreign ministry said Friday.

Mandie McKeown, 41, from Bristol, was detained on Thursday in the Chinese capital during a protest by the Free Tibet Society.

She would be deported to Britain on August 31 after serving her sentence, the Foreign Office added.

A spokesman said consular officials were in contact with McKeown and her family in Britain.

"We continue to underline to the Chinese government the need to respect its commitment to freedom of expression," the spokesman said.

"At the same time, we encourage all UK visitors to China to respect local laws," he added.

Two Americans and a German citizen were reportedly also detained on Thursday during the protest near an Olympic site.

Police in Beijing said Thursday they had also sentenced six foreigners, believed to be Americans, on Wednesday to ten days in jail for public order offences.


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