February 8, 2006

Torch diverted from third Italian town over protests

TURIN (Reuters) - The Olympic torch was diverted away from
an Italian town on Wednesday because police feared planned
protests could harm torch bearers and spectators, organizers

It was the third town near the Winter Olympics host city of
Turin from which the torch was diverted since Sunday.

Police told organizers to skirt the town of Avigliana,
which lies between Turin and the French border.

The Winter Olympics organizing committee (TOROC) said on
Sunday police advised against entering Bussoleno and Borgone
Susa, two towns in the Susa Valley which is a focal point for a
campaign against a high-speed rail project.