Saturday 20 January 2018

Fanning the flames Protests mar torch parade

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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