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BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Olympic torch re-lit in Beijing

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The Olympic torch has been re-lit at a lavish ceremony in Beijing, after arriving aboard a flight from Athens.Chinese President Hu Jintao took part in the event at Tiananmen Square to welcome the torch to the city, which hosts of the 2008 Olympics in August. Tight security was put in place at the square, amid concerns of possible anti-government protests. Last week protesters opposed to China's actions in Tibet clashed with police at the lighting ceremony in Greece. On Tuesday, the torch goes to Almaty in Kazakhstan, its next stop on a tour of 20 countries before returning for the opening of the Beijing games on 8 August. See map of Olympic torch relay routeSquare closedHundreds of schoolchildren turned out at Beijing airport, waving flags as the Air China plane arrived. Students and workers sang the Olympic slogan "One World, One Dream" and waved pom-poms. Security was tight in the centre of Beijing, with one underground station near Tiananmen Square closed, and the squ…

NDTV.com: Indians in New York urge US to boycott Olympics

Sunday, March 30, 2008 (New York)The Indian American Intellectuals Forum has urged the United States to boycott the coming Olympics to send a ''clear and strong'' message to Beijing that Washington would not tolerate suppression of and brutalities against peace-loving Tibetans.
''This will be a minimal symbolic gesture of our solidarity with the Tibetan people,'' said the Forum President Narain Kataria in a letter to President George Bush on Saturday.
Kataria said that in 2002, US Congress had passed the Tibetan Policy Act that calls for the preservation of culture and identity of Tibetans living in exile and in Tibet.
''Under that act, it is the sacred duty of United States to protect the non-violent Tibetans from the brutal wrath of Chinese army,'' he stressed.
Pointing to ''reign of terror and repression'' let loose by the ''world's largest military dictatorship on ''hapless non violent'' Tib…