LONDON, April 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reuters has cited Chinese state media reports on the identity of the Olympic torch protectors who were seen in blue tracksuits during the Paris and London legs of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Photo: Olympic torch protectors, addition photos available
According to Chinese state media the men in tracksuits are employed by BOCOG (the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee) and were handpicked from the People's Armed Police (PAP) to form the "flame protection squad" last August. The squad is responsible for protection of the Olympic Torch during the Torch Relay.
The squad has generated huge controversy due to their heavy-handed tactics. One of the
The People's Armed Police is a security force unit of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). It has been very active in putting down recent protests in
Matt Whitticase of Free Tibet Campaign said: "It beggars belief that personnel from the PAP were allowed on to the streets of