Security officials extinguished the Olympic torch twice Monday as protests against China’s human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a chaotic series of stops and starts …
At the start of the relay, a man identified as a Green Party activist was grabbed by security officers as he headed for 1997 400-meter world champion Stephane Diagana, the president of France’s national athletics league, who was carrying the torch from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.
Maybe the activist thought it caused global warming. Chinese security guards protecting the flame seem an anxious bunch:
The demonstrators did not appear to get close to the torch, but its flame was put out by security officers and brought on board a bus … [less than an hour later] the torch was [again] temporarily extinguished and put on a bus despite protesters’ apparent failure to get close.
They should hand the job over to French fisherman. Meanwhile, Parisian Green activists vs totalitarian glory mongers … it isn’t easy choosing sides here.