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Human rights activists hold torch to China

By dpa news     Oct 27, 2007 in Sports
A torch being carried across the world to highlight human rights abuses in China ahead of next year's Beijing Olympics arrived in Australia on Saturday.
The year-long Global Human Rights Torch Relay, which will visit 100 cities on five continents, began in Athens in August last year and has travelled through Europe to Australia and will progress to New Zealand.
Sev Ozdowski, Australia's former human rights commissioner, told a crowd of 200 that the torch relay was a reminder that the Olympic spirit was linked to human rights.
"The Human Rights Torch Relay is about people's power," he said at a welcoming ceremony at Sydney Town Hall. "Not that long ago, people power crumbled the Berlin Wall and brought an end to the Soviet empire."
Greens Member of Parliament Kerry Nettle was the first Australian to run with the torch.
"It's a message with the Olympic spirit of people working together," Nettle said. "It's a message the Chinese government needs to hear loud and clear." dpa sa wjh
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