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Greens Defend Critical Mass: ‘Bikers are not Criminals

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WASHINGTON, US (April 6) – Green leaders spoke out against efforts by law enforcement to target Critical Mass, defending cyclists’ right to assemble. Critical Mass, which holds mass bicycle rides to celebrate the bicycle as a healthy alternative to the automobile, has been the target of recent mass arrests and confiscation of bicycles. At least […]

WASHINGTON, US (April 6) – Green leaders spoke out against efforts by law enforcement to target Critical Mass, defending cyclists’ right to assemble.
Critical Mass, which holds mass bicycle rides to celebrate the bicycle as a healthy alternative to the automobile, has been the target of recent mass arrests and confiscation of bicycles.
At least 37 Critical Mass participants were arrested in New York City on Friday, March 25; riders claim frequent harassment by police and city officials in New York and other cities. More than 250 riders were arrested and at least 338 bicycles were confiscated during the Republican National Convention in August 2004.
“If bikers need a permit in order to gather in a public space, why isn’t a similar permit required for cars?”, asked Hank Chapot, of the Green Party of California. “The permit requirement allows arbitrary arrest of bicyclists, including those who aren’t involved in Critical Mass events but happen to be nearby.”
A Tour de France start is out of the question for New York, by the looks of it…

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