Despite DC permit denial, group intends to hold biker rally

A group called “2 million bikers to DC” called its members to action stating the group’s permit to ride in Washington D.C. was denied. Photo: AP Photos

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 Washington D.C. was denied. The group has released several statements on the Facebook page, announcing that the purpose of the motorcycle ride, set for September 11th, was to “honor those who were killed on the September 11th, 2001 attacks.”

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.


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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 Washington D.C. by complying with regular traffic laws, which it believes will allow it to proceed without a permit. Citing security concerns, the organizers have decided not to publish the route publically.

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 Vietnam veteran on limited income, was duped by scammers. Organizers of the event have stated on the Facebook page that no donations are required, and that the funding for the event has already been supplied. Previous to that, the group had to contend with rumors that the entire event was a hoax.

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.


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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. 

 


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Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues.

 

In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.

 

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