Critical Mass Protests break the harmony of the Olympic opening ceremony

By Dark Politricks

As the 4 hour opening London 2012 Olympic ceremony opened tonight the media was concentrated on the display of Englands history being played out in the Olympic stadium rather than the mass protests being held around London.

As Danny Boyle the director of Trainspotting delivered a history of England from the “green and pleasant land” to the industrial revolution. Which included historical as well as fictional characters including Mr Bean and James Bond who “parachuted” down to the arena along with Queen from a helicopter as British musicians played tunes from punk to dubstep and Rave to Grime to the crowd. Music most people outside of the UK had probably never heard of but which apparently showed off our sense of culture and Art which has replaced our once huge Empire after the 2nd World War.

However as the TV viewers were fixed to the screen watching chimneys rise from the ground and volunteer dancers and actors play their parts surrounding British history there were actually mass protests being held around London.

The protests used the hashtag #Criticalmass on Twitter and delivered messages about Police brutality as the cyclists protested the blocking of roads and cycle lanes within central London so that they could be used by Olympic dignitaries only as “fast tracks”. Apparently during the London Olympics it is more important that French speaking IOC dignitaries can reach the worlds biggest McDonalds in quick fast time whilst the rest of London’s population are stuck in traffic jams.

From Russia Today:

Critical Mass is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month all around the world. Earlier there have been calls on the Internet to stage the London ride on July 27 as an anti-Olympics protest.

Scuffles occurred near the Olympic Stadium on the outskirts of the Olympic Park with participants saying they were being “kettled”. Some witnesses said police pushed the cyclists aside to get David Beckham through traffic.

A witness video uploaded to YouTube allegedly showed police assaulting and pepper-spraying a disabled man on a tricycle who was later arrested.

The Police told ITV News that a number of protesters were arrested under section 12 of the Public Order Act after cyclists taking part in the Critical Mass bike ride broke the conditions of their protest in central London.

Critical Mass Protests in Londong

A large number of arrest were made

Police steal cyclists bikes on busses

According to some reports at least 50 people have been detained and their bicycles loaded onto special buses parked nearby to be taken god knows where.

The Metropolitan Police have also used Pepper Spray on a number of protesters as well as arresting a large number of them including the disabled and the elderly.

However the media were silent on these protests on the main channels as the BBC turned their main channel into an Olympic love fest all night long which only finished after midnight, with Paul McCartney singing on a piano to the packed arena.

The London Police kept the public informed about the protests and the likelihood of arrest through the use of social media by Tweeting the following messages using the hashtag #criticalmass saying that all cyclists involved in the ‘critical mass’ procession,

“should keep moving and keep to the south of the Thames right away from the Olympic Park.”


Participants must not enter any part of the ORN #criticalmass #protest




Participants must remain south of the River Thames at all times during the times stated #criticalmass #protest




Participants must keep moving on the procession route unless stopped or directed by police or due to traffic signals #criticalmass #protest


Just another sign that when it comes to big money and sponsors versus civil rights and the right to protest the citizen is always bottom of the list.


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2 Responses to “Critical Mass Protests break the harmony of the Olympic opening ceremony”

  1. Anonymous Says:

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    There were no mass protests outside the opening ceremony last night, or anywhere else in London – I’m sure you can check this out elsewhere. Critical Mass itself is not protest either – it is an a-political assertion of the cyclist’s right to travel freely and safely.

    I was on last night’s ride, which left Waterloo soon after 7pm, but was blocked from crossing the river at all bridges until a group made it through one police blockade. At London Bridge about 300 of us were blocked from crossing by police, and soon realised that in one of the vehicles caught up in that blockage was David Beckham. Police used violent force to clear a path for his car – pushing, pulling throwing people and bikes around, without warning. I got held at the closure of Rotherhithe Tunnel, in SE London, by police after around 200 other riders entered it ahead of the group I was with, so I didn’t make it to Stratford. From a friend’s video and other reports, the ride went through there peacefully and for the most part unchallenged by police, with crowds cheering them on from the pavements. The arrests happened after they stopped for a rest and were kettled, with charges generally being for the breach of a Section 12 notice (which, chances are, many would not have known about – I had no idea one was in place until I got home 4hrs later and saw on Twitter. Section 12 (Public Order Act, 1986) allows for the restriction of movement of a protest or procession on the basis that it could cause serious disruption to the community or be a precursor to criminal activity, neither of which can be applied to CM.

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