Protests reroute Olympic torch in N. Ireland

Irish Republican Army supporters clashed with police June 4 and forced Olympic torch organizers to divert the route of their relay, marring what had been a jubilant day's procession through a sun-soaked Northern Ireland. The protesters made clear they were seeking to confront police, not the Olympic torch itself.

The Olympic torch bearer is re-routed by

The Olympic torch bearer is re-routed by Olympic securtiy personall after protestors tussle with police near Peace Bridge in Londonderry , Northern Ireland on June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch relay started at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin. It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27.AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLYPETER MUHLY/AFP/GettyImages

Clare Leahy, left, lights Denis Broderick during a change over of the the Olympic Torch at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Clare Leahy, left, lights Denis Broderick during a change over of the the Olympic Torch at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Protestors tussle with police as the Oly

Protestors tussle with police as the Olympic Torch approaches the Peace Bridge in Londonderry , Northern Ireland on June 4, 2012. The torch had to be stopped and re-routed. The Olympic Torch relay started at Land's End, the southwest tip of England, to begin an 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) journey around Britain, with a detour through the Irish capital Dublin. It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLYPETER MUHLY/AFP/GettyImages

A Irish Republican protester is arrested by Police Service of Northern Ireland officers as the Olympic torch tried to pass in Londonderry, Monday, June 4, 2012. Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

A Irish Republican protester is arrested by Police Service of Northern Ireland officers as the Olympic torch tried to pass in Londonderry, Monday, June 4, 2012. Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Jack holds the Olympic torch aloft at the Giant's Causeway in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Jack holds the Olympic torch aloft at the Giant's Causeway in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

The Olypic torch is rerouted away from protesters in Guildhall Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

The Olypic torch is rerouted away from protesters in Guildhall Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Irish Republican's clash with Police Service of Northern Ireland officers as they protest whilst the Olympic torch tries to pass in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Irish Republican's clash with Police Service of Northern Ireland officers as they protest whilst the Olympic torch tries to pass in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Irish Republican's protest as the Olympic torch tries to pass in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Irish Republican's protest as the Olympic torch tries to pass in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. Dissident Republican protesters caused the Olympic torch to be rerouted Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Jack holds the Olympic torch aloft at the Giant's Causeway in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Peter Jack holds the Olympic torch aloft at the Giant's Causeway in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Denis Broderick carries the Olympic Torch over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Denis Broderick carries the Olympic Torch over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Denis Broderick, left, carries the Olympic Torch over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Denis Broderick, left, carries the Olympic Torch over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 4, 2012. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay journey around the country, and is scheduled to arrive at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)