Beijing Olympics protests continue in Europe

The 2008 Beijing Olympic games continue to spark protest from some sectors, this time because of the country's action involving Tibet. According to The New York Times and other media reports, a Tibet-related protest of the torch ceremony broke out in London during the weekend and is expected in Paris.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic games continue to spark protest from some sectors, this time because of the country's action involving Tibet. According to The New York Times, a Tibet-related protest of the torch ceremony broke out in London during the weekend and is expected in Paris.

In London, protesters reportedly tried to break through security to attempt to grab the torch as it passed by, disrupting the ceremony.

The events are also putting the foreign government officials in the center of the problem. England's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President George W. Bush have said they intend to attend the games, but France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has hinted he might not attend if China's recent crackdown on Tibet does not relent, the Times reported.

In a statement to CNN.com, Tessa Jowell, Britain's Olympics minister, said she hoped the events in London “will put pressure on the Chinese government to enter into a dialogue with the Dalai Lama.” She said the demonstrations also send the message “that peaceful protests are part of democratic expression.”

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