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(en) US, NEW YORK: A27 CRITICAL MASS - RNC Protests Begin With Largest Ever NYC Critical Mass

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(www.indymedia.org/en/2004/08/111722.shtml)
Date Sun, 29 Aug 2004 08:55:09 +0200 (CEST)


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Following the festive arrival of the DNC2RNC "Democracy
Uprising" march, protesters against the Republican National
Convention staged the largest ever New York City Critical Mass
bike ride. Well over 5000 riders filled nearly 4 kilometers of city
streets before breaking into smaller groups. [Read
minute-by-minute reports.] Critical Mass is a direct action that
takes place in cities throughout the world on the last Friday of
every month as a way to reclaim urban streets and promote
oil-free transportation.

The ride lasted about 2 hours, performed its traditional
occupation of Times Square and rode past Madison Square
Garden, site of the RNC, shutting down traffic in Midtown
Manhattan. Approximately 800 Critical Massers ended up at St.
Mark's Church in lower Manhattan, sanctuary for the protest and
home to much of the organizing for the counter-RNC mobilizing.
Upon arriving at the church, the Critical Mass riders hoisted their
bikes into the air, waving them overhead as they unleashed a
long unified victory cry.

However, the police arrived 15 minutes later and violently
arrested many people. There were a total of 264 arrests over
several locations; at least 6 Indymedia journalists were arrested.

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