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Olympic torch relay observations

Textually.org found it significant (as did SMS Text News) that hundreds of today’s Olympic torch relay protesters in San Francisco used a particular messaging service to coordinate actions. Surprisingly (at least to me), it wasn’t Twitter (if News.com has it right). SF Metroblogging’s “Torch has left the building” includes a particularly scathing comment by San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin about Mayor Gavin Newsom, while the San Francisco Bay Guardian checks in with more pictures and notes from the scene earlier today. Meanwhile, S.F. Weekly has the nude-run protest (mentioned earlier).

Picture of t’ai chi practitioners taken by Flickr user librarian avenger under Creative Commons license
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Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
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Frank Chu, Olympic torch protester?

Wikipedia currently calls him “one of San Francisco’s best-known eccentrics.” Wednesday found him out in the hurly-burly, holding his trademark black sign with brightly colored letters.Picture of Frank Chu by Flickr user honan posted under Creative Commons license

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Olympic torch: S.F. police in action

SFPD in action (i)SFPD in action (ii)SFPD in action (iii)Contra Costa Times reporter Cam Inman, one of several reporters combing the city today for the story behind the Olympic torch run in San Francisco, sent these pictures of San Francisco police officers near either Doyle Drive or Marina Boulevard.

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
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Marchers along S.F. Embarcadero

Pro-China march down Embarcadero (i)Pro-China march down Embarcadero (ii)Contra Costa Times reporter Betsy Mason sent two pictures of pro-China marchers walking along the Embarcadero this afternoon in San Francisco.

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Olympic torch on move in S.F.

Olympic torch relay on Van Ness (i)

Olympic torch relay on Van Ness (ii)

Olympic torch relay on Van Ness (iii)

Here are some shots from KTVU Channel 2′s live Webcast of the Olympic torch relay passing along a section of Van Ness Street in San Francisco.

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Olympic torch: One if by land, two if by Bay?

One if by land, two if by Bay?

According to Bay Area News Group team coverage of today’s Olympic torch protests in San Francisco (and unrelated Twitter comments), a boat may be used to transport the torch along part of the route originally slated on the Embarcadero.

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
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Olympic torch protester: What are the odds?

Christopher Linnell of Petaluma near Pier 31

Contra Costa Times staff writer Betsy Mason, out in San Francisco covering today’s Olympic torch protests, took this picture of Christopher Linnell of Petaluma near Pier 31.

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Olympic torch in S.F. on Twitter

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If you’re in front of your computer, you’ll probably get quite a lot out checking out Olympic Torch S.F. (not to mention their Twitter account).

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Live streaming Olympic torch protesters

This is the Mogulus channel for Students for a Free Tibet, which the students describe as “[y]our daily source of news, information and updates from Students for a Free Tibet Headquarters.” (Disclaimer: So far, it plays clips from Tuesday’s street protests in San Francisco, but that will likely change as today progresses.) Via SF Metroblogging (via Jason Schupp)

Update (12:20 p.m.):

Here is “Torch,” one of several video posts from qik user scoopy1 (via Kit Seeborg)

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What to wear to the Olympic torch protest

Here’s a T-shirt that technology journalist Mat Honan plans to wear to today’s protest in San Francisco. The shirt, created by Mule Design and for sale at its Feed Store, was probably created to reference/tweak the Join(Red) campaign; Mule Design says that “$3 from each shirt will be donated to The Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa; same as the other (red) stuff.”

If you see what other folks — protesters; advocates; just plain gawkers — are wearing today, write in and let me know. (Full disclosure: I know Mat and a few of the folks at Mule Design personally, and bought another of their shirts a year ago.)

Picture of T-shirt by Flickr user honan under Creative Commons license

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