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After the interrogations, the interrogators attempted to reeducate Blumenfeld and his friends on the subject of Tibet. “After we did the interrogations, we just stayed in this room for, like, six hours trying to sleep. And then this one guy just kept talking to us. He was trying to befriend us, and he told us all these crazy things about the Dalai Lama. How he is a big murderer and how the Tibetans kill people — just a whole lot of crazy things. After a while we were on friendly terms and we weren’t scared anymore, so we just told him, ‘That is not true.’ ”

After a night spent intermittently sleeping and listening to Chinese propaganda regarding Tibet, Blumenfeld and associates were put in a van and driven to the airport, where they were flown to New York at the expense of the Chinese government. “They put us on an Air China flight. They walked us all the way to the gate. It was funny, as we were at the airport, there were almost always 10 to 20 police around us, but all in plain clothes. We ran into another group of people being deported at the airport. It was two British guys. We ended up walking to the same terminal, and we noticed that they had all these people circling them, and they said, ‘Oh, yeah, we are getting deported too — for scalping tickets.’ ”

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