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Tibet pipeline protesters storm conference held at ICE

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'FREE TIBET' campaigners had to be forcibly evicted from the ICE headquarters in London on Monday after protesting about Chinese plans to build a gas pipeline into Tibet's gas fields.

Two women ran on to the stage at an Institute of Petroleum conference being held at Great George Street and unfurled a banner reading 'PetroChina stop raiding Tibet'.

They were targeting an address by Shen Pingping, vice president of Chinese oil company PetroChina, which is planning to build a pipeline to the Tsaidam Basin in Tibet's Amdo Province for use in eastern China.

The women then sat down on the stage, calling a halt to conference proceedings for some minutes.

'The banner was taken away from us and we were asked to leave but we refused, ' said one of the women, Alison Reynolds, who is a director of the Free Tibet campaign.

'Then they brought in more security who physically removed us.'

Another small group of Free Tibet campaigners stood outside the ICE handing out leaflets.

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