Protesters Rally Before Olympic Torch's Arrival In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering in
San Francisco's Union Square to protest alleged abuses in China and
mark the passing of the Human Rights Torch.

Saturday's rally is one of several protest events planned ahead of the arrival of the Olympic torch, which will makes its only North American appearance in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The Human Rights Torch Relay features a rally, art show, live music and a 6-kilometer run with the torch through downtown.

It's an international effort organized by a Falun Gong advocacy group to protest China's alleged torture and imprisonment of religious and political dissidents.

The Human Rights Torch was lit in Athens in August and has wound
its way through cities around the world.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-05-08 1449EDT


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