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China condemns Olympic relay protests, disputes reports that officials extinguished torch

China condemns Olympic relay protests, disputes reports that officials extinguished torch

China on Tuesday condemned protests disrupting the Olympic torch relay as "despicable" and disputed media reports that said the torch had to be extinguished several times during the relay in Paris.
Thousands of raucous protesters angry about China's hosting of the Olympics Games, its policies in Tibet and human rights record haunted the torch relay across London and Paris. On Monday, organizers were forced to cancel the last third of the route in Paris after demonstrators hurled water at the flame and lunged at torchbearers.
China's Foreign Ministry blamed the disruptions on groups seeking to split the far western region of Tibet from the rest of China.
China strongly condemned "the deliberate disruption of the Olympic torch relay by Tibetan separatist forces (without regard for) the Olympic spirit and the law of Britain and France," spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a statement posted on the ministry's Web site.
"Their despicable activities tarnish the lofty Olympic spirit and challenge all the people loving the Olympic Games around the world," she said in the statement.
Media reports about the relay in Paris had said the security detail protecting the torch extinguished it several times along the route and retreated to the safety of a bus.
But Jiang said those news reports were wrong and that the torch was never extinguished.
"The reports by foreign media are false in claiming that the Olympic torch was forced to be extinguished during its relay in Paris," she said in a separate statement.
"To protect the security and dignity of the Olympic torch under the circumstances there, the modes of relay were temporarily changed," she said. Jiang did not provide additional details.
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Updated : 2021-10-24 11:02 GMT+08:00