Protesters Trail Torch In S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea -- Protests and scuffles greeted the Olympic flame as it began a two-day journey on the divided Korean peninsula Sunday along a route guarded by thousands of riot policeman.

Thousands of Chinese wrapped in their country's flag shouted, "Come on China," "No politics, only Olympics" at the start of the torch relay in Seoul where they greatly outnumbered South Koreans protesting Beijing's human rights record.

At one point, the two groups clashed with Chinese students kicking an elderly South Korean protester and hurling rocks at a group that raised banners chastising Beijing.

The torch relay in South Korea began at a park used for the 1988 Seoul Olympics and followed a 22-kilometer route kept secret until the last minute.

"The torch relay is being used for anti-Chinese protests. This has provoked a lot of anger inside China and caused people like myself to come out here to defend our country," said Chinese student Yang Hui.

n A North Korean defector tried to set himself on fire to halt the Olympic torch relay Sunday in Seoul, The Associated Press reported.

Son Jong Hoon, 45, had led an unsuccessful campaign to save his brother from execution in the North, where he was accused of spying. About an hour into the relay, Son poured gasoline on himself and tried to light himself on fire, but police stopped him.