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Olympic torch relay protest timeline

David | 07.04.2008 15:15 | Repression | Social Struggles | London

Olympic torch relay protest timeline

Olympic torch relay protest timeline


Sir Steve Redgrave starts the relay at Wembley

Olympic torch relay nearly abandoned

First clash, as a woman tries to grab the torch from schoolgirl Cheyenne Green as she boards a bus. Three arrested


Konnie Huq wrestles with a protester who attempts to grab the flame from her


A man wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket attempts to put out the flame with a fire extinguisher. Two arrested


Tim Henman carries the torch with a nervous smile as crowd chants: "Shame on Henman"


Clashes between anti-and pro-China supporters as 2,000 gather near the British Museum. Flour bombs thrown at officers as they struggle to restrain an impromptu march


Sir Clive Woodward is confronted by three protesters before he has even begun his leg of the relay


In Trafalgar Square, as Sir Trevor Macdonald holds the torch aloft, large groups of protesters clash with police in some of the most violent scenes and six people are detained


As Denise Lewis stands with Gordon Brown outside 10 Downing Street, huge crowds of demonstrators gathered along Whitehall break loose and scuffle with police. Scotland Yard update: 25 people already arrested


The torch nears St Paul's, where a bank of "Free Tibet" protesters have gathered and are waving flags. Organisers decide to abandon plans to parade outside the cathedral and police retreat with torchbearer to a bus. They drive past a waving Lord Mayor


Paula Radcliffe crosses Tower Bridge to a chorus of boos. Three are arrested for running towards the flame 3.40

Three protesters felled as they rush the flame from different directions in Whitechapel. Scotland Yard update: 35 arrests


Police rugby tackle four people within a few hundred metres of each other. Organisers cut short street parade, and David Hemery is ushered on to a bus to be driven to Canary Wharf




07.04.2008 15:29

I was there as the flame came round by Westminster underground and passed over to Kevin Pieterson. As it came round all you could see was a swarm of Tibet protestors around it and the police were getting pretty heavy handed as it came obvious that security was breaking down...i found it odd that there were no barricades there or at St.Pauls...almost as if they wanted something to kick off...anyway it was a great protest, and i read today it was shown briefly on chinese news- and at this point any coverage in china is a progress.