A group of reportedly 2 million bikers who requested a permit to pass red lights in a peaceful demonstration to remember 9/11 and urge that the Obama administration be held accountable for the Benghazi attacks, and were subsequently denied, will push ahead anyway. The riders will abide by all laws, including stop lights, signs, and yielding to right-of-way.
"We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies," organizers of the ride said Friday on Facebook. "What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event."
Bike riders are already en route from across the country to ride through Washington, D.C. on the the 12th anniversary of 9/11 to pay tribute to those who died in the 2001 attacks and the soldiers who have lost their lives because of it. Local press reports said bikers whizzed through Florida and Texas Sunday on their way to D.C. Photos posted to Twitter show meetups in Phoenix, Knoxville, and Maine. Organizers set up Facebook groups to help organize participants from each of the 49 continental states.
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The group will not post their final route publicly for obvious reasons, but plans to ride into Washington, D.C., where motorcycles are not allowed, undeterred. The plan is to ride in after 11 a.m. The demonstration is intended to be peaceful, but with an estimated million Muslims converging on the capitol for what was once billed the Million Muslim March, on the emotionally-charged date of 9/11, things could go very wrong.
The Muslim-initiated demonstration received a permit from the National Park Service for use of the National Mall. Its participants will include groups that doubt the official account of the 2001 terror attacks, at least one tea party organization, Princeton professor Cornel West and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.
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