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Protesters Force Olympic Torch To Take Bus

From France’s AFP:

Policemen surround the bus where the Beijing Olympics torch ...

Protests cut short Paris Olympic torch relay: police

PARIS (AFP) – The Paris leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay was cut short Monday after citywide protests against China’s crackdown in Tibet, police said.

The torch was put on a bus outside the French parliament to be carried the last half of its trip to a stadium in the south of the city.

Pro-Tibetan demonstrators had disrupted the torch relay through Paris, forcing officials to take refuge on a bus.

The decision to call off the final stages of the relay came shortly after the Paris mayor cancelled a ceremony to mark the passage of the torch in front of the city hall.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said he had called it off after Chinese officials refused to let the torch stop in the square in front of city hall.

Delanoe made his announcement after Green party members of the city council draped over the facade of city hall a Tibetan flag along with a black banner with the Olympic rings turned into handcuffs.

Well the torch is a carbon emitter anyway. The least it could do is take public transportation. 

— No, wait…

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 7th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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