Carrying the Olympic Torch, and Protesting It, Too

John Eligon writes on the New York Times:

In her left hand she held a water bottle, which was serving as a stand-in for the Olympic torch. In her right sleeve was tucked a Tibetan flag. Majora Carter was ready.

Majora Carter not long after she waved a Tibetan flag while carrying the Olympic torch.
Run in place, swing arms, slip fingers into sleeve, wiggle wrist and — voilà! — out comes flag.

This was the scene in a hotel room in San Francisco on Tuesday, where Ms. Carter, an environmental activist from the Bronx, was practicing for a pro-Tibet protest she had planned for Wednesday during the Olympic torch run. But she was not one of those trying to disrupt the procession. She was one of the torchbearers who would be leading it.

Watch on TED video: Talks Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto.

Please read also: China’s security runners not welcome in Japan for Olympic torch relay from AP.

Japan will not accept Chinese security guards when Nagano hosts the Olympic torch relay, the chairman of Japan’s National Public Safety Commission said Friday.

“We should not violate the principle that Japanese police will maintain security,” Shinya Izumi said at a press conference. “I do not accept the idea that they will run in Japan as they did in other countries.”

The torch arrives in the central Japanese city on April 26.

The Chinese security guards, wearing bright blue tracksuits and encircling the torch bearer, ran in London and Paris, where chaotic protests interrupted the relay.


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