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About 3,000 police to guard Olympic torch relay in Paris

About 3,000 French police officers _ including some in jogging gear and on in-line skates _ will guard the Olympic torch as it is relayed through the French capital, the Paris police headquarters said Saturday.
Three boats will patrol the Seine River for the relay Monday, and a helicopter will fly overhead, police said. The convoy protecting the torchbearers will also include riot police vehicles and officers on motorcycles.
Several French activist groups plan to use Monday to protest China's human rights record and its crackdown in Tibet.
Robert Menard, the head of the activist group Reporters Without Borders, said that, given the heavy security measures, the group planned protests on the sidelines of the relay so as not to provoke any violent incidents.
Menard argued that France had caved in to demands from Beijing for tight security during the event.
"The Chinese have made sure that for a few hours, Paris will look like Tiananmen Square," he said. "I think it's shameful."
The torch will be in London on Sunday. On Monday in Paris, about 80 athletes will carry the torch over a 28-kilometer (17.4-mile) route that snakes round the Trocadero, down the Champs-Elysees toward City Hall, then crosses over the river Seine to the left bank past the National Assembly, before ending at the Charlety track and field stadium.

Updated : 2021-10-27 21:02 GMT+08:00