"China torch security will 'respond to threat'
A SHOWDOWN between China's paramilitary "flame attendants" and Australian police looms for tomorrow's torch relay after Beijing organisers insist the guards have a security role to play.
Canberra's relay organisers were humiliated today when, at a press conference unveiling their final plans, a Chinese official flatly contradicted Australia's position that China would butt out of local police business.
Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games spokesman Qu Yingpu declared the blue tracksuit-clad flame attendants - branded thugs for their heavy-handed tactics on earlier legs - would take matters into their own hands if a torchbearer was threatened."
Why were these heavies granted visas? And I'd love to know what the Oz police have been told at their briefing....