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Beijing Olympics Open to Global Anti-China Protests


Thousands of people around the world took part in anti-China demonstrations as Beijing launched the 2008 Summer Olympics with a dazzling opening ceremony.

China kept tight control on demonstrations in Beijing Friday, but protests were held in India, Nepal, Turkey, England, France, Belgium, Thailand and Hong Kong.

In the Turkish capital, Ankara, a man set himself on fire outside the Chinese Embassy during a protest by ethnic Uighurs against China's human rights record.

In Nepal, police detained more than one thousand Tibetan exiles gathered outside the Chinese embassy to protest China's crackdown on anti-government protesters in Tibet.

In India's capital of New Delhi, more than 1,000 Tibetan exiles braved heavy rains outside the Chinese embassy, shouting "Free Tibet" and "Stop the Olympics." Heavily-armed police later stopped protesters from storming the embassy.

Activists have planned demonstrations in other foreign capitals Friday such as Paris, London, Brussels and Berlin.

Earlier Friday, the Paris-based human rights group, Reporters Without Borders, took over a Chinese radio frequency. The group broadcasted in various languages, saying China's efforts to control freedom will fail.

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