Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Olympic Torch Route

The Olympic Torch route was revealed yesterday to the delight of protesters who have been pressurising for details.

The opening ceremony of the Torch will be alongside the baseball park, home of the San Francisco Giants south of the city. It will then be carried along the Bay front, past the Embarcadero, up to Fisherman's Wharf and just beyond where it will loop around before returning to the waterside.

Bearers will carry it back to the Embarcadero where it will be received by Mayor Gavin Newsom in the Justin Herman plaza opposite the ferry building

It is a route of six miles estimated to take about one-and-a-half hours, details of which were released by the mayor yesterday afternoon. He had delayed publicising the Torch route because of protests.

About 10,000 protesters are expected and protesters are planning their protest points and strategies.

By early this morning NBC11 were broadcasting an interview with a senior city police officer who said with confidence that the police would be able to handle the situation on Wednesday.
The SFPD were well experienced at managing big events, he said.

This evening NBC11 interviewed the city's police chief who said that police leave on the day of the Torch run was cancelled and extra officers would be on duty.

It sounds as if everyone is getting nervous.

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