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    ooops, what a great moment. Hundreds of Chinese and Greek security chappies and a couple of protestors managed to get right behind the speaker on live TV. Demonstrations outside in the streets and the torch has only just begun it's 5 continent trek to Beijing.

    This might get more and more embarrassing as time goes on. What are they going to do? Lock down every city?




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    Olympic torch lit despite protest

    A protester briefly ran behind Beijing's envoy as he spoke


    Ceremony protest
    The Olympic torch has been lit at a ceremony in Greece that was briefly disrupted by pro-Tibet activists.
    Two protesters from media rights group Reporters Without Borders broke through the cordon of 1,000 police officers in Olympia as China's envoy spoke.

    Activists had vowed to protest over the violence in and around Tibet.

    The torch will now be carried around Greece before being sent to China to start a journey through 20 countries, returning to Beijing on 8 August.


    The route includes the torch being taken to the top of Mount Everest and through Tibet.


    See map of Olympic torch relay route
    As Liu Qi, head of the Beijing Olympic organising committee, spoke ahead of the torch lighting, two men ran up behind him attempting to display a black flag depicting the Olympic rings made from handcuffs.

    The men were from the France-based media rights watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders, or RSF), which has called for a boycott of the opening ceremony of the games.

    The torch is the link between all athletes and citizens of this world... It has the force to unite humanity and to stand for harmony

    Jacques Rogge, IOC President


    In pictures: Torch ceremony

    They were quickly bundled away by police and Mr Liu continued his speech uninterrupted.

    The camera cut away from Mr Liu and the protesters until they had been removed from the scene.

    "We cannot let the Chinese government seize the Olympic flame, a symbol of peace, without denouncing the dramatic human rights situation in the country," RSF said in a statement.

    Later, as the torch began its journey, pro-Tibet activists unfurled banners and shouted slogans before Greek security wrestled them away.

    'Boycott unwanted'

    Actors dressed in ancient Greek costume then lit the torch in the traditional manner by using a parabolic mirror to focus the sun's rays.

    There were fears that stormy weather would prevent the torch being lit in the customary way.

    The ceremony, beside the Temple of Hera, was moved forward by an hour and the sun shone through a break in the clouds.


    Despite cloudy weather, the torch was lit using the sun's rays
    The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has defended the decision to hold the Games in China saying there was "no momentum" for a boycott.

    "The major political leaders don't want a boycott," IOC President Jacques Rogge said ahead of Monday's ceremony.

    Before the ceremony, a Tibetan activist confronted Mr Rogge in a hotel lobby and said there should be free access for all media inside China, including Tibet, during the Games.

    In his speech during the ceremony, Mr Rogge said the Olympic torch relay and the Games should take place in a peaceful environment.

    "The torch is the link between all athletes and citizens of this world; between all of us who believe in Olympism and the virtue of sport. It has the force to unite humanity and to stand for harmony."

    He told the Associated Press news agency on Monday that he was engaged on a daily basis in "silent diplomacy" with Beijing on Tibet and other human rights issues.

    Tibet unrest

    The Olympic torch will be carried in a 136,000km (85,000 miles) around-the-world relay that will see it pass through 20 countries before arriving in Beijing for the start of the Games on 8 August.

    Tibet activists are angered that the torch's route will take it through the Himalayan region and to the top of Mount Everest, which straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet.

    China sent troops to Tibet in 1950 and since then there have been periods of unrest and sporadic uprisings as resentment of Beijing's rule has persisted.

    The latest round of anti-China protests began in Tibet's main city, Lhasa, on 10 March - the 49th anniversary of a failed uprising - and gradually escalated.

    Lhasa saw at least two days of violence and there have also been protests in provinces which border Tibet.

    China says 19 people were killed by rioters and accuses Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of inciting the violence.

    The Tibetan government in exile says at least 130 people have died in a crackdown by Chinese troops and deny any role in the protests.


    OLYMPIC TORCH ROUTE

    Torch lit in Olympia on 24 March and taken on five-day relay around Greece to Athens
    After handover ceremony, it is taken to Beijing on 31 March to begin a journey of 136,800 km (85,000 miles) around the world

    Torch arrives in Macao on 3 May. After three-month relay all around China, it arrives in Beijing for opening ceremony on 8 August


    See detailed route on Beijing 2008 official site
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    Last edited by 黄立新 : 03.26.08 at 07:36 AM. Reason: 抵制北京奥运会!

    Right on!


    Anyway, this olympics has got all the makings of a world-class disaster. I know I'll be watching.
    I, for one, would not want to run a marathon in Beijing. I can get the same effect by staying home and smoking three packs of cigarettes.
    Come to think of it, the cigarettes might be a little safer to inhale than unfiltered industrial pollution.







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    I thought the thread read: "China's Olympic size bush


    You can imagine my disappointment
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    Just imagine if this Olympics gets cancelled?

    A lot of time travel freaks will be banging on about John Titor again.

    (A few here will know what I'm on about)
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    Hu Jintao lies not less often than Leonid Brezhnev.They all fly-by-night!


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    For those of you playing along at home, Babelfish translates our new friend's name as "Huang Lixin". The reason for editing says, "The Beijing Olympic Games I do not support!"


    Welcome, Huang. If you're over there in the old country, you should come to the US. We've got Buffalo wings and the Oakland Raiders!
    Some other stuff too, but I forget...







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    Quote Originally Posted by 黄立新 View Post
    Hu Jintao lies not less often than Leonid Brezhnev.They all fly-by-night!
    More importantly, Dave or Sammy ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    More importantly, Dave or Sammy ?

    So much for breaking the newbies in gently eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    [i]Welcome, Huang. If you're over there in the old country, you should come to the US. We've got Buffalo wings and the Oakland Raiders!
    Some other stuff too, but I forget...
    Are you trying to scare him off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    I thought the thread read: "China's Olympic size bush
    HA - so did I!!!
    Non stop talker, what a rocker....

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    Hold on, are we caring about oppressed people now?

    'Cuz the message has been pretty clear that we don't. Boycotting the Olymics would do what, exactly? Who would it hurt? Why would China care?Boycott stuff made in China? Why? Good luck trying to even do that. What does everyone have in mind? A letter with really harsh language? A candle-light vigil?

    Even Taiwan wants closer relations with the mainland. Get with the "In-Crowd".

    Totalitarianism is the new freedom. Who are we to judge how China treats it's people and if they think Tibetens are their people then by golly they deserve to have the shit kicked out of them.

    Bunch of trouble makers if you ask me.

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    Sarkozy keeps Olympic no-show option open
    http://www.globesports.com/servlet/s...ortsOther/home
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