Jakarta one day, Canberra the next

In Jakarta yesterday, the flame was again a magnet for dissent. Indonesian police dispersed about 100 anti-China protesters and detained a foreign activist before the torch’s truncated relay.

Three of the sponsors of the Australian Olympic Committee, Speedo, Energy Australia and Australia Post, distanced themselves from the relay. The Olympic torch is due to arrive at Canberra Airport at 8.10am today after a fraught journey around the world. During stops in Europe and the US, it was dogged by protests against China’s treatment of Tibetans.

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