A group of bikers has been denied a no-stop permit for its planned "2 Million Bikers to DC" ride to commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11 Wednesday, meaning they can still ride through the capital but will have to obey traffic signals and signs.
The bikers' rally generated a lot of buzz on social media, with thousands vowing to ride through Washington to "remember the victims of 9/11 and to honor our armed forced
who fought those who precipitated this attack," according to the group's Facebook page.
The ride was also meant as a response to the Million Muslim March
, a movement organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee in an effort to show Americans that Muslims denounce terrorism. The group is also planning to march on D.C. Wednesday.
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Apparent confusion by some bikers and their supporters about the type of permit denied led to some revved up outrage on Twitter.
Muslims applied for a permit to rally but not to be freed of traffic controls.
"On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day," AMPAC said in a statement. "Muslim and non-Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti-Islamic organizations have committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam."
The "2 Million Bikers to DC" organization was denied a no-stop permit from the city, which means it will not be allowed to ride through red lights or stop traffic.
"Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies," the ride's organizers posted on the group's Facebook page last week. "What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all-day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians."
The denial does not mean that the group is prohibited from riding, though that's how many on Twitter took it.
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