Thousands queue up overnight for final chance tickets, police takes away Hong Kong reporter

2008-07-25 07:23:07 GMT       2008-07-25 15:23:07 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- More than 30,000 Chinese people queued up for their final chance at Olympic tickets overnight at a ticket agency in Beijing on Friday, forcing local police to take temporary measures to prevent chaos.

A Hong Kong reporter was taken away by police after breaking through barricades. Police have kept the crowd under control.

The Olympic organizers announced Tuesday the final tranche of 820,000 tickets would go on sale, including 250,000 tickets of games that would be held in the capital.

Ticket buyers at the Beituchengxi Road agency became impatient due to the hot weather and the long-time waiting. Local police had to set up limit areas to maintain order at the scene.

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