2008-03-28 Malcolm Brabant
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China feels the heat of the Olympic flame

A demonstrator carrying a black flag with handcuffs used to symbolize the five Olympics rings, runs behind Liu Qi, the president of Beijing's Olympics Organizing Committee, during the Olympic flame lighting ceremonyThe Olympic torch has begun its long journey from its spiritual home in Southern Greece to Beijing for this summer's Olympic games. Tibetan activists have however threatened to harry and harrass the torch as it's carried around the world. This week they disrupted the ceremony to light the flame at Ancient Olympia causing huge embarrassment both to Greece and China.

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