WASHINGTON, September 10, 2013 — A group called “2 million bikers to DC” called its members to action in a Facebook post stating the group’s permit to ride motorcycles in
The group has announced that despite the denial of the permit, it intends to conduct the ride anyway on Wednesday September 11th, 2013. According to the Titan of Trinidad blog, the permit was denied by the National Park Service for “resource issues.” The group’s Facebook page reports a back and forth process with the permit agency, with one post stating that documents had been overnighted after a request for more information.
As of the time of this article, the group had announced that a final route had been decided, and that the ride would commence as planned. The group intends to ride motorcycles throughout
This is not the first setback for the group. An August 28, 2013 Facebook posting warned participants to avoid fraudulent websites set up to collect donations for the event. At least one participant, a 62 year old
The group apparently expected the permit denial, with an August 20th posting stating “FOLKS - IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A ‘RALLY’ PERMIT IN DC. MOST ARE ALREADY TAKEN.”
“2 million bikers to DC” has also adopted a variety of positions on other political issues. One August 20th, 2013 post weighs in on the national debate on healthcare. In another post, organizers encourage fans to join their local “IMPEACH OBAMA OVERPASS” organization.
Several comments seem to reference the “Million Muslim March” rally, however, the organizers clarified their position, stating that the event was “not to protest any group or religion,” but instead to “honor the victims of 9/11.”
The Facebook page was started August 18, 2013 and currently has more than sixty thousand followers.