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Officials extinguish Olympic torch

April 7, 2008

From Associated Press – Security officials have extinguished the Olympic torch amid heavy protests during the relay in Paris.

Police in jogging gear put the torch out and brought it aboard a bus, apparently to move it away from protesters. The flame was being carried down a road along the Seine River amid demonstrators carrying Tibetan flags when the relay was stopped. It is not immediately clear what police plan next.

About 3,000 police – riding motorcycles, jogging or traveling on skates – are on hand to protect the Olympic torch. The relay started Monday at the Eiffel Tower.

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