Screen Cap from SFGate
Former mayor Willie Brown, football player Hershel Walker, and swimmer Natalie Coughlin, carry the torch on the final leg of the ‘surprise’ route. Surrounded by a phalanx of Chinese security, police with batons, and a motorcycle motorcade….with nary a protester in sight. Yep – this is how San Francisco shows its Olympic spirit!
On April 9th the Olympic torch came to San Francisco – the only North American city on its route. This was preceded by weeks of controversy over China’s human rights record, the situation in Tibet, and how this most liberal american city would handle the event and the surrounding protests. My parents (from Illinois) were in town that week so I took the opportunity to schedule a day off and go see the Olympic torch.
Lots more pics below the fold.