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Olympic relay hit by Tibet protests

April 8, 2008

Border Counties Advertizer, UK
April 6, 2008

Hundreds of campaigners for a free Tibet demonstrated along the route of
the Olympic torch relay in protest at the Chinese government's human
rights record.

Activists stepped up their pressure with protests throughout the capital
ahead of this summer's Beijing Olympics.

Demonstrators made their presence known as soon as the torch arrived at
Wembley on a double-decker bus.

A number of arrests were made after protesters tried to board the bus
but there was no disruption to the relay, the Metropolitan Police said.

Two activists were taken away by police after attemp
ting to put out the torch with fire extinguishers.

Martin Wyness and Ashley Darby were waiting with their equipment on the
corner of Holland Park Avenue and Ladbroke Grove.

In a statement, the pair said the relay was a propaganda campaign by
China to cover its "appalling human rights record".

Hundreds of noisy banner-waving protesters lined Bayswater Road calling
for a free Tibet. Many were wearing Tibetan flags and carrying signs
which read "Stop the killing in Tibet", "No Olympic torch in Tibet" and
"China talk to Dalai Lama".

Dozens of police lined the road in front of the demonstrators who were
chanting slogans including "Human rights. Not a game".

Amnesty International has noted an aggressive clampdown on activists and
journalists who may be critical in the run up to this summer's Beijing
Olympics.
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