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The Olympic flame arrived in the U.S.

April 9 2008
00:59

U.S. authorities have taken stringent measures to protect the torch and maintain order along the 10-km route that will carry the Olympic flame. Participants of the Campaign for Tibet plans to hold several demonstrations in San Francisco.

Already arrested seven demonstrators, tied banners with the slogan "Free Tibet" at the Golden Gate Bridge.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said that was "deeply saddened" protests in London and Paris, and expressed concern over possible incidents in San Francisco.

One IOC member said sports columnist BBC Mihir Bose, that if in San Francisco happens the same thing that happened in London and Paris, the international Olympic torch relay may be canceled.

The torch was lit in ancient Olympia on March 24 and before the opening ceremony to be held in the Chinese capital on August 8, will carry him across 20 countries.

On Sunday in London, were arrested 37 people for attempting to prevent Bringing a torch for the British capital.

On Monday, French authorities were compelled to stop the Olympic torch relay in Paris because of anti-Chinese protests.

The Olympic torch had to be put out four times and move into the bus.

In this case, the fire continued to burn himself: he is in a special lantern.

The police reported that reserve the right to change the route of the torch relay.
Local authorities say they want to allow the demonstrators to hold their protest in a way that was not disrupted public order.

Chinese state TV said that the protests in London and Paris, attended "a small group of Tibetan separatists."

The representative of Sweden Gunilla Lindberg, IOC declared that the demonstrations "damaging the Olympic movement."

"Use for this torch - it's almost a crime - said Lindberg. - This is not a Chinese torch, is the property of the IOC. "

On Monday, Sen. Hillary Clinton leading the fight for the right to represent the Democratic Party U.S. presidential elections, urged President Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

President Bush announced that he would go to the Olympics, because this sport, not a political event, reports BBC.
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