SF Protesters Roast Mayor Over Olympic Torch

Mayor criticized over plan to register protesters
By Will Font,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 4:45 AM CDT
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom gestures as he addresses the Sacramento Press Club in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 25, 2008   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – The Olympic torch arrives Wednesday in San Francisco, and Mayor Gavin Newsom is already being flamed in advance of expected protests. Tens of thousands are expected to fill the streets of the "protest-happy city" to condemn China's treatment of Tibet, reports Newsweek.  Newsom's plan to require demonstrators to register for permits has drawn criticism, and city supervisors are clamoring for Newsom to sign a resolution criticizing Chinese policy.

"I'm not obliged to be told by politicians how I should speak," retorts the mayor. Concerns are mounting that feisty protesters could become violent. "Disagree, but don't be disagreeable," Newsom cautioned activists. "I don't want to see people in riot gear." He reminds the Left Coast: “This is not China's torch; this is the Olympic torch.”