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Olympic Touch

Asked whether the Prime Minister shared the concerns of the IOC President over the interruptions to the Olympic torch relay, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister was asked a question on this subject this morning in his press conference with Kevin Rudd. As the Prime Minister had said, he wanted to and did pay tribute to the police for the way they had managed the event yesterday. In relation to the protests that we had seen yesterday, this was a democratic country, people in this country were perfectly entitled to express their democratic right to protest, as long as they abided by the law. The vast majority of the protests were peaceful and law-abiding.

Asked under whose authority the Chinese security were operating, the PMS said that it was his understanding that these were the torchbearers; the MET police were responsible for security yesterday. Asked if the Prime Minister had made a conscious decision not to touch the torch, the PMS replied that it was never the case that the Prime Minister was going to be a torchbearer and the arrangements yesterday were exactly as they had always been planned.

Asked whether the Prime Minister was concerned about the behaviour of the Chinese security, the PMS replied that it was the MET Police that were responsible for managing the security for yesterday’s event,

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