Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympics Committee; Christina Lawrence, an eyewitness of the London explosions on July 7; Anna Pacy, a nurse who treated victims of the London explosions; Carl Sells, a Londoner; British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


From NPR News in Washington, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Sheilah Kast sitting in for Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. JACQUES ROGGE (President, International Olympic Committee): The International Olympic Committee has the honor of announcing that the Games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the city of London.

(Soundbite of cheers)

Ms. CHRISTINA LAWRENCE (Eyewitness): There was a loud bang in the tunnel and then train just stopped, and then all of a sudden it just filled with, like, black, gassy smoke. And at first we couldn't breathe and it was stinging our eyes and the lights went out and it just took a while for people to get to us and it was just very scary. Thought we weren't going to get out because we couldn't get off the train.

Ms. ANNA PACEY (Nurse): A lot of people with terrible burns or their hair's been singed off, their eyelashes, their, you know--all their facial hair and their hands terribly burnt. And there were--you could see that they were all starting to get very dehydrated and very unwell. And then they--when the emergency services got there they had to carry up people in blankets who had lost limbs and broken bones.

Mr. CARL SELLS(ph) (Londoner): I bought the paper especially yesterday because of the celebration going on. And today, I bought the paper again because it's, like I say, completely the opposite. It's unbelievable that you can go from such a high to such a low.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Great Britain): When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show by our spirit and dignity and by a quiet, but true, strength that there is in the British people that our values will long outlast theirs.

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