Greece hands China Olympic torch
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

The Olympic torch has been handed over to Chinese officials at a ceremony in Athens, amid scuffles between police and pro-Tibet demonstrators, reports BBC.

A small group of protesters tried to break through a police cordon to enter the stadium.

Thousands gathered as the flame was delivered and transferred to a lamp for its journey by plane to China.

The handover came as pro-Tibet protesters tried to storm the Chinese embassy in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

The torch’s passage through Greece has been dogged by protests on human rights and Tibet.

The flame, which was lit in Olympia on 24 March, will be welcomed at a ceremony in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Monday.

It will then tour 20 countries before returning for the opening on 8 August.

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