Olympic Torch Protests Follow Quake

Mike Nizza, for the New York Times media blog The Lede, takes a look at discontent bubbling within China over the excitement surrounding the Olympic torch relay in light of the tragic earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on Monday:

According to Agence France-Presse, an internet outcry erupted after the official Xinhua news agency published jubilant photographs of the torch’s arrival today in the southeastern province of Fujian, its 12th domestic stop. …

The Associated Press added that “traffic on Chinese-language Web sites and blogs overwhelmingly favored some kind of moratorium — either now or next month.”

In an update to the post Nizza writes: “In a reversal, Chinese officials announced that the next leg of the relay will be ‘simplified, downscaled and open with a minute of silence,’ according to the A.P.

May 13, 2008, 10:24 AM
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