Dallas,Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — In an on-going story by the Associated Press, the Olympic torch relay in route to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games went smoother than the prior protest-ridden relays that hindered London, Paris and San Francisco. In an interesting turn of events, Chinese supporters arrived in red windbreakers in an attempt to dissolve the bad press they have received after Tibetan activists used the torch relay as a political platform.
Although the activists refused to discontinue demonstrations during the relay, they promised to keep their activities civil and not to disrupt the tradition going further. “Hundreds of spectators cheered as Chinese delegates wearing Argentina’s blue-and-white lit the torch from a lantern that has carried the flame from the site of the ancient Olympic games in Greece.”
It seems the 2008 Olympic games will be plagued with political unrest as over 500 Chinese demonstrators waved banners and signs denouncing the publicity sent out by Tibetan activists in “what they called political interference in the ceremony.” Unfortunately the summer games are being used to deliver a message that has nothing to do with teamwork or sports.
Dallas News Reporter