Among the detained activists were 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoxang and 22-year-old Joy Siu, a US citizen deported from Hong Kong.
The Greek police, along with several dozen officers, were quick to stop the activists.
The Chinese capital would become the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games when the event took place, but as was the case with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, protests over the country’s human rights record and calls for boycotts affected the run-up. Is. .
Chinese authorities have been accused of facilitating forced labor by detaining nearly a million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in camps since 2016.
China denies wrongdoing, saying it has set up vocational training centers to combat extremism.
Sunday’s dress rehearsal at Olympia’s ancient stadium was interrupted by brief spells of rain and heavy clouds, with the torch not being lit by the sun’s rays through a parabolic mirror.
Instead, a backup flame from a previous rehearsal was used by an actress playing the High Priest.
More rain is expected on Monday, with human rights activists pledging more action until Tuesday’s flame is handed over to the organizers of the Chinese Games in Athens.
The flame ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Summer Games was also severely disrupted by protests from human rights activists, the start of international demonstrations over China’s human rights record leading up to the Olympics.
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