BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/28 08:57:17


Protest near Olympic Park There were scuffles between
police and cyclists near Olympic Park

More than 100 cyclists were arrested
by police close to the Olympic Stadium on the opening night of the Games.

There were scuffles between police and cyclists on the outskirts of the
Olympic Park, at about 22:30 BST.

People taking part in a monthly mass bike ride held in London said they were
"kettled" near the stadium.

The Metropolitan Police said they had made arrests for Public Order offences
but have not responded to the kettling claim.

The force said two groups had been detained - the first on Bow Flyover and
the other in Warton Road, Stratford.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "A number of people in breach of
regulations imposed on a monthly cycling event have been arrested."

In a statement, the force said the conditions on the cycle ride had been put
in place "to prevent serious disruption to the community and the opening
ceremony of the Olympic Games".

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'Heavy-handed stance'

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, 31, who describes herself as a
campaigner and writer, said: "We were cycling down the Bow Road [in Stratford]
and the police directed us down a cul-de-sac.

"Then they kettled us in there. There is a line of police cars and vans
behind that."

She added: "They have not communicated with us or told us why we are being
held here or when they will let us out."

The regular Critical Mass ride is a pro-cycling event.

Joel Benjamin, who has been on a number of Critical Mass bike rides
previously, said there were 400-500 cyclists who met on the south side of
Waterloo Bridge.

"Usually there is a light police presence," he said. "Today there were far
more police than I've seen before."

'Celebration of

He said police used a sound system to tell cyclists there were restrictions
placed on the ride but not what it meant.

"Basically, they didn't want us to go north of the river. The police had put
a roadblock stopping all traffic going north."

He said police took a "heavy-handed stance".

Scene close to Olympic Park A large police presence was at
the scene of the arrests

"I saw several cases of the police being aggressive and physical, dragging
people off their bikes to the ground.

"I didn't see any arrests, but my friend, a solicitor was arrested.

"I left at about 8.30pm and managed to not get arrested, but I think around
100 people have been arrested.

"I guess there were people there who are against the Olympics, but Critical
Mass is really a celebration of cycling, there was no need to get so heavy
handed. "

The Met Police said a number of the arrested cyclists had been removed from
the area near the Olympic Park.

The arrested cyclists have been detained under Section 12 of the
Public Order

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  • Ian 2015/03/14 19:34:39
    Don't know who is at fault, the police are heavy handed, and perhaps these people were treated badly.
    But a lot of these cyclists I see on the road are the most pig ignorant bunch of pricks I have ever met, even when they know you want to pass they will not go in a single line, but stay in a wide bunch till they are ready to let you pass.
    The look you have when you politely toot your horn is a look of disdain a look of pure contempt, the look says you will all wait till we are ready.
    I then drive so close till they pull over, I'm not saying the poice were right, but if these pricks were like the ones I have met I think I would have lost it.
  • Marianne 2012/08/26 09:56:11
    And we see that happen more and more in Europe.
  • BUCCANE... Marianne 2012/08/26 09:59:30
    Don't we just
  • Marianne BUCCANE... 2012/08/26 11:55:45
    Did you want to add something?
  • BUCCANE... Marianne 2012/08/26 16:48:15
    Best not!!
  • Marianne BUCCANE... 2012/08/26 17:43:15
    Sadly, it happens everywhere.
  • stevmackey 2012/08/21 11:56:59
    We already have that here when a politician is a bout to arrive,
  • mikeeonly 2012/08/06 06:00:44
    George Orwell predicted it.
  • Gooky 2012/07/29 02:48:13
    It's coming...deny it all you want,libbies...we won't be the only ones in jail or a fema camp,you'll be sitting right next to us.
  • BUCCANE... Gooky 2012/07/29 07:34:05
    What the lefties forget Gooky is that the commies always turn on their supporters first,the Russkies did so after the revolution,the frogs shoved many of their own under Mademoiselle
    Guillotine,same with Mao
  • Gooky BUCCANE... 2012/07/29 17:24:24
  • uguess 2012/07/28 21:28:55
    Jeremiah 5 1-6
    You all read this and see it these actions are not being played out today ! in REAL TIME !

    1“ Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,” says the Lord.
    “Look high and low; search throughout the city!
    If you can find even one just and honest person,
    I will not destroy the city.

    2 But even when they are under oath,
    saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’
    they are still telling lies!”

    3 Lord, you are searching for honesty.
    You struck your people,
    but they paid no attention.
    You crushed them,
    but they refused to be corrected.
    They are determined, with faces set like stone;
    they have refused to repent.

    4 Then I said, “But what can we expect from the poor?
    They are ignorant.
    They don’t know the ways of the Lord.
    They don’t understand God’s laws.

    5 So I will go and speak to their leaders.
    Surely they know the ways of the Lord
    and understand God’s laws.”
    But the leaders, too, as one man,
    had thrown off God’s yoke
    and broken his chains.

    6 So now a lion from the forest will attack them;
    a wolf from the desert will pounce on them.
    A leopard will lurk near their towns,
    tearing apart any who dare to venture out.
    For their rebellion is great,
    and their sins are many.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/07/28 17:22:52
    All this, because Her Majesty's Government never thought to trust her loyal subjects and make them part of the team to secure the venue for their international guests.
  • BUCCANE... Temlako... 2012/07/28 17:30:52
    Right on Temlakos
  • Chaya2010 2012/07/28 14:38:41
    I'm at a loss. It isn't the same Britain that I love and made my home. This seems to be a product of the LIEbour years I'm afraid.
  • BUCCANE... Chaya2010 2012/07/28 15:06:11
    It is,and a present conservative government in bed with the libs,all dancing to the EU commie tune
  • john BUCCANE... 2012/07/28 21:00:07
    we just keep getting weak governments.that only care about how much they can make in five years and shaft the people....
  • BUCCANE... john 2012/07/29 07:35:33
    Bliar started that John,that Bstrd should be strung up
  • john BUCCANE... 2012/07/29 07:58:16 (edited)
    if we knew how much these MPs were stealing from us, not just expences, there would be civil war...bring back cromwell
  • BUCCANE... john 2012/08/01 14:33:37
    No, bring back Enoch!
  • john BUCCANE... 2012/08/01 15:45:15
    now that's a thought and how right was he...he showed more insight than any of them now...
  • Billy the kid 2012/07/28 13:22:52
    Billy the kid
    Ah dear!! It's all changed since we were young girls, Bucc!!! lol!!!
  • BUCCANE... Billy t... 2012/07/28 15:06:58
    Hasn't it Ray, but it's no laughing matter
  • Billy t... BUCCANE... 2012/07/28 15:12:52
    Billy the kid
    I know that mate. Just my daft sense of humour, as usual.
  • BUCCANE... Billy t... 2012/07/28 15:14:17
    I know, our humour has always got us Brits through
  • Billy t... BUCCANE... 2012/07/28 15:17:02
    Billy the kid
    yes,mate. As long as we can always laugh at ourselves we won't go too far wrong...
  • sandi Billy t... 2012/08/01 12:25:19
    You are in good company!
  • Wanderer 2012/07/28 09:31:51
    Hmm!! looks like the Police have pretty well covered thieir butts with the new legislation...
    I do think that the organisers of this event could have reconsidered their timing considering the strain on security while the Olympics is on but there was no need for the heavy handedness...both partys could have avoided this by talking to each other months ago.
    Good post Bucc..
  • BUCCANE... Wanderer 2012/07/28 10:29:37 (edited)
    Thanks Wandy,the whole thing is a farce at atime when even after 7years to prepare a dodgy security company fail at the last minute to provide adequate security,the populace are told to tighten our belts the country is almost broke,thanks to the previous socialist government,we cannot afford to equipe our troops properly,we fail our elderly,insist on maintaing an open door policy on immigration,throw billions of pounds into the socialist cess pit of europe,and then squander £9.3 BILLION on 2 weeks of sycophanticism towards a few privilged sports types and dignitaries.
  • Wanderer BUCCANE... 2012/07/28 11:35:58
  • BUCCANE... Wanderer 2012/07/28 12:09:19
    Sorry Wanderer,
  • Wanderer BUCCANE... 2012/07/28 12:10:30

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