Olympic Torch Touches Off Global Wave of Protests

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A map of the Olympic torch relay. Alice Kreit, NPR hide caption

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Olympic Torch Relay Route

A map of the Olympic torch relay.

Alice Kreit, NPR

The Olympic torch heads to Argentina on Friday, after protesters disrupted its journey in Paris and San Francisco. The torch's 20-nation global route has been attracting activists angered over China's human rights record — in particular, its grip on Tibet and its arming of Sudan's government.

After Argentina, the torch continues to a dozen other countries before arriving in China on May 4, ahead of the Summer Games in August.

Julie McCarthy discusses the tumultuous torch relay with Robert Siegel.



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