China Hopes to Overcome Torch Disaster in Homeland Leg – Feature

From The Earth Times:

China has 98 days left on Friday to recover from the Olympic Torch PR disaster now that the Olympic flame has finally returned to the host country of the Beijing Games. Protests could still occur on Friday in Hong Kong, but there will be nothing like the scenes in London and Paris where human rights activists effectively hijacked the torch relay to blast China’s crushing of the unrest in Tibet and other human rights issues.

That was partly China’s fault as the world’s most populous country had set up an ambitious 137,000-kilometres torch relay to showcase itself around the world.

“The Olympic torch relay … was meant to be a time of glory for a rising world power. Instead, it turned out to be a fiasco, with heavy security needed at almost every stop to shield the torch from protesters,” said the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

May 1, 2008, 11:17 AM
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