Olympic protests

THE Beijing Olympics flame has been lit in a tightly guarded ceremony marred by protests at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

The ceremony in Ancient Olympia launches the Olympic torch relay that marks the countdown for each Games.

The Beijing Games relay is the longest and most ambitious ever planned, lasting 130 days and covering 137,000km worldwide.

Police rapidly moved into the spectator stand and Greek state television quickly cut its live broadcast to another image.

Chinese state television also cut away from the ceremony.

Broadcaster CCTV’s news channel cut to what appeared to be stock pictures of the ceremony site in Olympia.

CCTV better be building up a pretty big library of stock footage!