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Torch weathers Indonesia protest


Progress of Olympic torch as it is paraded through Jakarta

The Olympic torch has passed through Indonesia on the latest leg of its worldwide relay, where it was paraded around a sports stadium in Jakarta.

An estimated 5,000 people, all with special identity cards, watched at the stadium amid tight security.

The original 20km (15 mile) route was cut to a few laps around the capital's main stadium owing to security worries.

Police broke up a small protest by pro-Tibetan demonstrators near the stadium, and detained several people.

A banner reading "No human rights, no Olympics" was unfurled before police moved in.

The tight security in Jakarta follows pro-Tibet demonstrations as the torch passed through Europe and the US.

Protests in Athens, London, Paris and San Francisco - where demonstrators angry at Chinese occupation of Tibet tried to disrupt the relay - have created headlines around the world.

However, the torch has made relatively peaceful progress through other cities, including Bangkok in Thailand and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

'Token visit'

The torch travelled to Jakarta from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, where a largely peaceful 16km relay was staged on Monday.

Jakarta's police chief, Adang Firman, urged demonstrators not to mix sport and politics.

Protest in Jakarta, 22/04
The police dealt with a protest outside the stadium in Jakarta

"People have freedom of speech here but they must let us know. As long as it conforms to our regulations, it will be no problem."

But human rights campaign groups complained that their activists had been detained despite having permission for their protest.

The BBC's Lucy Williamson in Jakarta says the Indonesian leg is more of a "token visit" to the country, and many residents in the capital are not even aware of the relay.

But our correspondent says the visit has brought pride to many of Indonesia's sizeable Chinese minority.

They suffered both violent attacks and government repression until the introduction of democracy a decade ago.

Meanwhile, further anti-Western protests have taken place in China, focused on French supermarket chain Carrefour.

The protesters have been angered by news of the disruption of the torch relay.

It comes as the French capital Paris made the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, an honorary citizen.

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