The Canadian Press: China condemns Olympic protests, disputes reports officials doused torch
“We express our strong condemnation to the deliberate disruption of the Olympic torch relay by Tibetan separatist forces regardless of the Olympic spirit and the law of Britain and France,” spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a statement posted on the ministry website.
“Their despicable activities tarnish the lofty Olympic spirit and challenge all the people loving the Olympic Games around the world,” she said in the statement.
Media reports about the relay in Paris had said the security detail protecting the torch extinguished it several times along the route and retreated to the safety of a bus.
But Jiang said those news reports were wrong and that the torch was never extinguished.
“The reports by foreign media are false in claiming that the Olympic torch was forced to be extinguished during its relay in Paris,” she said in a separate statement.
Umm, pretty much everyone is the world is reporting this factual occurrence. China is doing itself no favors with its continued insistence that nothing is wrong and everyone is happy in Tibet.