Torch Protests Continue in S. Korea

Anti- and pro-China factions face off
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2008 10:30 AM CDT
Chinese students are blocked by police officers as they try to march to anti-Beijing Olympic protesters near the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – The Olympic torch again met with a clash of protesters today as it arrived in South Korea, Reuters reports. Some South Koreans are angered by Beijing’s human rights record, but the majority are pro-Chinese, wearing their country’s flag and chanting, “No politics, only Olympics.” Despite 8,000 police officers, the rallies turned briefly violent when Chinese students kicked a South Korean protester and threw stones at anti-China demonstrators.

Two protesters were arrested for dousing themselves in paint thinner, apparently intending to set fire to themselves. Many South Korean demonstrators focused on China’s treatment of North Korean expatriates, who are often sent home to harsh punishment. The torch was to arrive later today in Pyongyang, where protests are illegal; the North has promised an “amazing” reception.