Faces in the background?

torch-shot-200.jpgA paramilitary policeman stands guard near Tiananmen Square during a ceremony for the 2008 Olympic torch’s arrival in Beijing, March 31, 2008.The Beijing Olympic flame was welcomed by cheering children in the Chinese capital amid tight security on Monday after attempts by pro-Tibet protesters in Athens to block its path. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause  

Are those mannequins behind the paramilitary policemen?


Yes: GBU Editor


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Those mannequins don’t really make it a good picture then does it? We say in the caption the flame was welcomed by cheering children, but here in the picture we don’t see any of them but only serious faced mannequins. More over I am not sure what the mannequins were doing during the ceremony at Tiananmen Square.

Posted by Nachiket | Report as abusive

Actually, I’m more than curious as to what the mannequins were doing at the ceremony. Can anyone explain?

Posted by NRC | Report as abusive

Mannequins aside, the caption seems to indicate the Olympic torch has arrived in Beijing already to the cheers of children. I may be wrong, but isn’t the torch still in transit, with the final destination being Beijing? I would guess this image was taken during a rehearsal ceremony and the stiffs in the background are just stand-ins for the real public.

Posted by MIchael Millhollin | Report as abusive

The mannequins appear to be in a shop window. The policeman is standing in front of a department store. If you look closely, you can see the price tag on the right-hand mannequin’s shirt and the reflection of the tree in the glass.

And according to various sources, the flame went from Athens to Beijing, then left Beijing to travel on a relay. It will return to Beijing in about four months.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Charlene, you’re right about the torch route, my bag… What’s the price on that sale tag?

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