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Our friend James Powderly is missing in China after displaying a LED throwie “free tibet” sign… Boingboing is running down this story…

An update on the pro-Tibet tech-art protests happening in Beijing: Students for a Free Tibet tells Boing Boing that a group of five pro-Tibet activists displayed an LED Throwie Banner near the Olympics site in Beijing, and were promptly detained by Chinese authorities.

From SFT, via email to BB:

This was inspired by GRL’s “Throwies” project, and the building and implementation of this was done by a complete separate group of Tibet activitists. They combined a traditional protest banner with over five hundred throwie lights and batteries sewn and taped onto the banner.

Details on the SFT website, Photos on Flickr, and here is a short video. “Still no more news on GRL founder James Powderly at this point,” a SFT rep tells us. Previous BB post on Powderly’s detention in Beijing, over 24 hours ago.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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