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Olympic torch has reached the Acropolis

April 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Beijing Olympics torch relay reached the ancient Acropolis on Saturday amid heavy police security and brief demonstrations by small groups of protesters. Police briefly scuffled with a group of anti-globalization demonstrators shortly after the relay entered the city limits.

At the foot of the Acropolis, another group unfurled a banner reading "Free Tibet."

The relays were not disrupted by either protest and no arrests were reported.

More than 2,000 police had been deployed to provide security in Athens. A helicopter flew over the relay, while about a dozens plainclothes police on motorcycles flanked the torch-bearer.

Thousands of people gathered in parts of the Greek capital to watch the event, as the runners ran through streets lined with the Chinese, Greek and Olympic flags.


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