HONG KONG - The Olympic torch has arrived in Hong Kong after the Chinese territory deported at least seven activists who planned to protest the flame.

The torch returned to Chinese soil Wednesday after a 20-country relay overseas. Before the flame came to Hong Kong, authorities deported three pro-Tibet protesters , two of them from Canada, after they arrived at the airport Tuesday. Four other activists who planned to protest China's human rights record have been turned away since the weekend.

Police say about 3,000 officers will guard the flame Friday when it begins the Hong Kong leg of its relay.