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Peaceful Olympic torch relay in Tanzania

The Olympic torch passed peacefully through Tanzania—a sharp contrast to the relay runs in others countries, which have been riddled by protesters angry over Tibet and China’s human rights record, the BBC said.

A cabinet member, a UN under-secretary and 80 athletes ran the torch through the capital Dar es Salaam. Nearly 1,000 people marched with the team showing support for the Olympics, the BBC said.

The only disruption, according to the BBC, was the withdrawal of Kenyan Nobel peace prize winner Wangar Maathai. He said the Olympic flame had become a symbol of disunity.

Tanzania is the only African nation the torch will visit. Next it will travel to Oman in the Middle East.