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Netizens worldwide condemn violent protests at Olympic torch relay

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BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Netizens worldwide have stormed the Beijing Olympic Games' website to condemn the violent protests that occurred during the recent Olympic torch relay in Paris and London.

A netizen named Francis from France wrote on www.beijing2008.cnthat "I feel ashamed when I see the protests". John from Britain said "he hoped China would overcome the disturbances and stage the Games successfully".

Francis added "I am so happy to see the Olympic flame coming to Paris, my hometown. This is an occasion for all the peace-loving people of the world to understand and learn from each other".

Mark from Australia said "the flame of the gods invites us to share peace and harmony. I hope that this message is heard by all."

The website saw wishes for success of the Beijing Games from netizens worldwide, including people from the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and many others.

Chinese netizens visiting the site showed their support for the torch relay and the Games and were confident of its success.

Also on Tuesday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge said "the IOC definitely wants and wishes for the Olympic flame to be respected, because it is a very important symbol that unites people".

"We respect people who want to protest... However, if you want to protest, it has to be peaceful."

Despite disruptions by a few Tibetan separatists and their supporters during the London and Paris legs of the relay, there will be no change in the itinerary that includes carrying the flame to the highest peak on Earth at Mount Qomolangma, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said.

The flame was lit in Olympia, Greece, on March 24 and is being relayed through 21 cities outside the Chinese mainland before arriving at the opening ceremony on August 8.

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