Here’s a really thorough update from Bike Blog NYC on the ongoing harrassment of Manhattan cyclists by NYPD and the status of activist efforts to counter it:
Critical Mass, a leaderless event, which takes place on the last Friday of every month in over 400 cities around the globe, has been harassed by the NYPD since the Republican National Convention 2004.
The largest conundrum of the parade ruling and critical mass is the fact that this specific event, like in all cities, is not a group and therefore would have no one to apply for a permit.
This situation is a serious catch 22. The police claim they would leave critical mass alone if only it would stick to a designated route and apply for a permit. Ah, yeah slight problem. The route is determined on the fly by individuals attending critcal mass…this is the whole point of the ride and why it has been in the claw of the police, scratching their heads and trying to figure out how to define the ride.
Of course the police never had a problem with critical mass for over 10 years since it was attempted back in 1994. It wasn’t until the weekend of the Republican National Convention of 2004 when the police decided to make it political and lump it together with other formal demonstrations specifically targeting the Republicans and their agenda of illegal occupation, torture and coporate profiteering.
Check out the attached videos on the link.