The only US leg of the 2008 Olympic torch relay ended in rare harmony between China’s supporters and detractors as tight security and last-minute route revisions angered everyone.
The 2008 Olympic torch relay’s only North American stop ended amid tight security and confusion on the streets of
Crowds of pro-and anti-China demonstrators converged along the torch’s original path. But they were disappointed when the route was radically changed shortly after the relay began.
"We assessed the situation and felt that we could not secure the torch and protect the protesters and supporters to the degree that we wished,"
Hours before the scheduled relay in
In the end, there were no major incidents during the
“That is the irony of this relay,” said
A mystery tour
Secrecy marked the
A series of bewildering changes had crowds as well as the media scrambling to spot the flame.
“At one point, it was even taken to the other side of the city, far away from potential protesters,” said Fenwick. “The torch instead ended on the
A planned closing ceremony on the city’s scenic waterfront was also scrapped.
Political pressure for a boycott mounts
But Obama qualified that by saying that any decision should be made closer to the date of the Olympic Games in
His remarks came shortly after the office of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that Brown would not attend the opening ceremony. But a spokeswoman for his office also added that he had never intended to do so, as he planned to attend the closing ceremony instead.
Bush, meanwhile, vowed in an interview to be broadcast Friday to press
On Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his country's participation in the event would be linked to China starting talks with exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama following a recent crackdown.
Date created : 2008-04-10