WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: 'Riot police and Chinese goons'

The relay of sportspeople, celebrities and businessmen carrying the Olympic flame through London was turned into a 'turbulent day' by pro-Tibet protesters (The Times, 7 April) as the runners were guarded by 'riot police and a phalanx of Chinese goons' (Daily Mail, 7 April).

Government participation was low key, with Gordon Brown receiving the torch behind locked gates in Downing Street and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell insisting that London 2012 would not be 'intimidated by the threat of protest' (The Times, 7 April).

The 'heavy-handedness of the policing would have looked more at home on the streets of Beijing than in Britain' (The Mirror, 7 April), but the Chinese 'flame attendants' turned the event into 'a combination of sinister and slapstick which did Britain no favours in the eyes of the world' (Evening Standard, 7 April).

There were few supporters for the Chinese embassy spokesman who said he saw 'many people welcoming the arrival of the flame' (Evening Standard, 7 April).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.








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