Torch Gets Huge Welcome in Hong Kong
But cheers drown out protests in first Chinese leg of relay
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 5:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thousands of people waving the Chinese flag cheered the Olympic torch on its relay through Hong Kong, shouting down scattered Tibetan protesters in their midst, the BBC reports. There were a few scuffles as the torch wound its way through the streets in the first leg of the torch relay to take place on Chinese soil.

Eight activists brandishing a Tibetan flag were briefly detained and told it was for their own safety. "It was a very dirty trick," one told Reuters. "I think it was a political decision to remove us."