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If you can't be inside the Olympic Games, then follow Seattle Times producers, reporters, videographers and Olympic fans as we take you to the streets of Vancouver, B.C., to show you what's happening on the ground and give you a taste of the scene swirling around the 2010 winter games.

February 12, 2010 at 4:02 PM

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Dispatches from Olympic opening-day protests in Vancouver

Posted by Seattle Times staff

Seattletimes.com producer Stephanie Clary is on the scene in Vancouver before the Opening Ceremony. Follow her live dispatches:

The rally began at the Vancouver art gallery. After gathering and speeches, protesters moved onto Georgia street as media, police and Olympic fans looked on and followed the crowd.

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6:30 p.m. Some headed back to art gallery, some staying at BC Place. 6:03 p.m. Have seen a few small items thrown toward BC place and police. but crowd is starting to be pushed back a bit.

5:32 p.m. Next to a demonstrator with a headset, coordinating others to head to the front of the crowd.

5:29 p.m. Crowd chanting 'police back down.' March has been at a standstill.

5:24 p.m. Rain is coming down harder. Speaker just asked those protesting who do not want to 'get involved' to move toward back of crowd.

4:59 p.m. March has stopped in front of bc place and choir is supposed to start singing. But a competing live band nearby just started its set.



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Police line up in front of B.C. Place as rally nears.





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Nearing B.C. Place, in the background. Protest getting louder, chanting 'this is indigenous land'


4:25 p.m. Rally movement paused for speeches, and crowd is 2 blocks from bc place -- the opening ceremony venue.

3:55 p.m. Rally is trying to switch direction but appears stuck. There is a coordinator troubleshooting at the front.



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Torches lit, shouting 'homes not games'




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Crowd moving up Georgia. Almost as many onlookers as protesters




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Canadian fans and a woman in a poverty olympics t-shirt by each other at protest site.




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Protests by Vancouver Art Gallery so far contained within the block.



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