Saturday 25 October 2014

Fanning the flames Protests mar torch parade

Published 07/04/2008 | 00:00

Thousands of protesters waving Tibetan flags and shouting "Shame on China" yesterday disrupted the Olympic torch's marathon relay through London.

The flame survived a 31-mile obstacle course of lurching demonstrators, an unexpected protective trip on a double-decker bus and even a fire extinguisher to arrive in Greenwich, southeast London, where double gold medallist Kelly Holmes lit up the Olympic cauldron.

But chaotic scenes of police scuffling with anti-China campaigners will embarrass Chinese and Olympic officials. The torch is on its way to the 2008 Games in Beijing in August.

Our picture shows police wrestling a demonstrator to the ground.

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