Olympic Tourch Relay Disrupted in London
25 people trying to disrupt the Olympic torch relay in London were arrested by British Police Sunday, reported the China Internet Information Center.
One person tried to seize the torch from the carrier but was immediately apprehended, while two other tried to put out the torch with a fire extinguisher. The people arrested are being charged with public order offenses, according to police.
According to Deng Zhuting, president of the London Chinatown Chinese Association, the protest was by a group of Tibetan separatists. (China Internet Information Center) China came down hard recently on protesters in Tibet fighting for self-rule and democratic freedoms.
"The Olympic torch should not be going through Tibet while Tibet is under occupation," protester Simon Cook said Sunday in London. (CNN)
The torch was on its way through London as part of the global Olympic Torch Relay leading up to this year's summer games in Beijing. There were thousands of people lining the streets of London for the relay, which will cover 137,000 km in 130 days before entering the National Stadium in Beijing on Aug 8 for the Olympics' opening ceremony.
The torch is expected to go through Paris on Monday, where there will be 3,00 French policeman ready to combat any protesters, according to CNN.