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No Major Protests Expected as Olympic Torch Lands in Tanzania བོད་སྐད།


The Olympic torch has arrived in Tanzania, where authorities say the flame should not be disturbed by anti-Chinese protests.

The Dar es Salaam mayor Adam Kimbisa received the flame Saturday, as it travels around the world ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.

Kenya's Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai has pulled out of the Olympic torch relay due to take place on Sunday in Tanzani, citing concerns for worldwide human rights. Ms. Maathai said that she has "decided to to show solidarity with the other people on the issues of human rights in Sudan's Darfur region, Tibet and Burma.

Tanzania officials say they have taken precautions to prevent street demonstrations from disrupting the torch relay.

Earlier demonstrations against China's human rights record had disrupted the torch relay in San Francisco, London and Paris.

The demonstrators are critical of China's rule in Tibet, and Beijing's reluctance to use its economic ties with Sudan to end the genocide in Darfur.

In New Delhi today, hundreds of Tibetan exiles held a protest march ahead of the torch's arrival on Thursday.

North Korea's Olympic Committee condemned what it called "disruptive forces" protesting along the torch's route around the world.

The torch arrives in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on April 28th.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters and AP.

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