Mirroring recent outpouring of support for Tibet and against Chinese heavy-handed human rights offenses in Greece, London and Paris, the people of the birthplace of the hippie nationÂ responded as predicted in San Francisco Wednesday.
With every single San Francisco Police Department officer on duty, the flame’s route had to be changed several times because of threats or perceived potential threats of certain areas. The torch did make it to its destination,Â yet thousands were left without a sight of the Olympic symbol as their areas were selected for torch diversion.
A few days ago protesters hung signs on the Golden Gate Bridge asking to “Free Tibet” in anticipation of Wednesday’s torch relay. An incredible honor for anyone holding the torch, this year with the controversy of the China Olympics, the run to Beijing has been anything but normal.