Activists protest flame’s passage

A few dozen activists peacefully protested against Russia’s law

banning gay propaganda as the Olympic flame made its way through

central Athens on Saturday ahead of its handover to the organizers

of next year’s Winter Games in Sochi.

The activists sat on the steps of the Acropolis Museum, with

some holding rainbow flags, while others held a banner reading

“Homophobia is not in the Olympic Spirit” and “Love is not

Propaganda.”

Police presence was light and there were no incidents.

The official handover ceremony will take place later

Saturday.

The 22nd Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place Feb. 7-23

in Sochi. Some 2,800 athletes from more than 80 countries are due

to compete.