Monday, April 7, 2008

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Protesters climb Golden Gate ahead of Olympic torch run

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three activists protesting Chinese human rights violations in Tibet were climbing a suspension cable of the Golden Gate Bridge today, two days before the Olympic torch relay arrived here.

Officials say the activists began climbing the suspension cable about 10:30 a.m., just after morning rush hour. Just before noon, police and bridge officials were scurrying to make contact with the trio, who are tethered together by rope. One carried a suitcase and unfurled a banner that read, "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008."

The stunt came two days before the torch is due to arrive in San Francisco, its only North American stop. Paris aborted the final run of its torch relay today after protests there.

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