Olympic Torch Relay rerouted
“The last-minute changes were made amid security concerns following chaotic protests over the torch in Paris and London.
In San Francisco, as the heavily-guarded torchbearers made their way through the city’s streets on a chaotic journey, there was scuffling between police and protesters, but order was restored quickly.
Mayor Gavin Newsom told The Associated Press that the well choreographed fake-out was prompted by the size and behavior of the crowds amassing outside AT&T Park, site of the relay’s opening ceremony.
There was “a disproportionate concentration of people in and around the start of the relay,” he said in a phone interview, while traveling in a caravan that accompanied the torch.
Less than an hour before the relay began, officials cut the original six-mile route nearly in half.”
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