US activists detained at Olympics return to NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eight Americans jailed by the Chinese for protesting during the Olympics say they were interrogated for hours, deprived of sleep and accused of having ties to the U.S. government.

The detainees said outside New York City Hall on Monday that they were held in cells and allowed to leave only for interrogations.

Some were activists and artists who demonstrated against China's occupation of Tibet. Others were bloggers photographing those events. They were sent home late Sunday during the closing ceremony.

But they said their experience was nothing like what Tibetans endure, and they vowed to keep protesting their cause.

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