Human rights torch arrives in Canberra



Chen Hong protests during the Human Rights Torch Relay in Canberra.

Chen Hong protests during the human rights torch relay in Canberra. (ABC News: Sarah Dingle)

The international relay of a human rights torch has arrived at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, where a strong police presence kept protesters on the opposite side of the street.

The relay, which started in Athens in August, is aiming to draw attention to abuses of freedom in China ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games.

Catholic Bishop Pat Power says it is important that China realises their human rights violations are not being ignored overseas.

"What they're doing is quite in contravention to what the Olympic spirit is all about," he said.

"The Olympic spirit is about tolerance. It's about different nations coming together respecting differences and so on and that's certainly something that's not happening in China at the moment."


Dec 11,2007
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