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Monday, May 29, 2006

Arrests in Winnipeg Critical Mass


Cops haul in Bike Activists
Monthly Ride Gets Ugly

Sat, May 27, 2006

By ADAM CLAYTON, STAFF REPORTER





A bike ride through the streets of downtown Winnipeg ended in chaos and arrests yesterday.

Members of Critical Mass Winnipeg -- an activist group that promotes bicycle use over automobiles -- claim police used excessive force when several cyclists were arrested near the provincial legislature.


Police followed approximately 50 cyclists -- many dressed in costumes in what was apparently a display of self-expression -- along their route before trying to arrest some members near the corner of Donald Street and Broadway around 5:30 p.m.

Melanie Howe, who was taking part in the monthly bike ride, said she wasn't sure how everything started. Earlier, police stopped traffic at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street so the cyclists could proceed.

"I saw several cops chase after this bicyclist and grab him in a headlock from the back," said Howe, who wore fairy wings and antennae. "I saw one fellow with a cop's knee on his head; he was being pressed to the ground."


JAWING

Shaun Martin said police and some of his fellow cyclists were jawing at one another before all hell broke loose.

"People started arguing with the cops. There's some anti-establishment sentiment going on here. I guess some guys got aggressive and things got out of hand," he said. "It was just crazy. Absolutely crazy."

Police Insp. Steve Pilote said five adults were arrested in total and face traffic-related charges in addition to possible charges stemming from the scuffle that broke out.

Critical Mass members, who gathered outside the Public Safety Building following the arrests, said some cyclists were injured and one might have suffered a broken leg but Pilote said any injuries were relatively minor.

"I don't know of anybody that has any injuries that were of any consequence," he said. "I would expect there might be some scrapes and bumps on both sides but nobody went to the hospital or anything like that."

Several Critical Mass members were arrested earlier this month for allegedly disrupting traffic to protest Operation Charging Bison, a military exercise that took place in Winnipeg.

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2006/05/27/1600823-sun.html

8 Comments:

Anonymous a proud member of the military said...

"Several Critical Mass members were arrested earlier this month for allegedly disrupting traffic to protest Operation Charging Bison, a military exercise that took place in Winnipeg"

Glad to see you are protesting an exercise that may help our troops to stay alive in Afghanistan, maybe they should have tried the crowd control bit on live people. Way to go. you just lost a bunch of credibility.

4:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good, the cops should have busted their heads open too!!!
damn punks all deserve an ass kicking, parentless wastes of space!!

6:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take public transit, but fully support critical mass. Cyclists have just as much right to be on the road as cars. As to the other anonymous comment, should the cops have busted open the heads of the children who were riding with their parents? Give your head a shake and look around. Bikes are everywhere, and with kids on them too. Since when it is a crime to conserve enregy and ride a bike?!?!

4:27 PM

 
Anonymous levelheadded said...

There seems to be a bad element trying to get a rise out of the readers of this blog. Please try not to be offended by them. To be honest, it is my evil twin Sirhc who recently escaped from a mental hospital

12:29 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Members of Critical Mass Winnipeg -- an activist group that promotes bicycle use over automobiles --" so why where they protesting a military exercise, what has that to do with promoting bicycle use? Enlighten this un-enlightened soul please.

10:44 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll keep this simple...

Cars use oil.

The majority of wars are fought for control of oil, no matter what country you are "liberating."

The military was training for urban warfare. Much like the urban warfare that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq.

We don't need to be killing innocent people for Oil.

Ride a bike instead of driving, when you have the choice.

5:53 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you idoit. it is not the soldiers fault that Charging Bison took place. if u got problems, take it to the PM. "dont shoot the messenger"

3:30 PM

 
Anonymous justin said...

why is it that people have stopped taking responsibility for their actions? Soldiers who joined the army are "messengers?" no, they are people who have made the conscious choice to support an institutionalized killing machine. They are just as responsible for their actions as anyone else is

ride your bike and we wont have to go to any of the "stans" with our army

my question to you is what are dong to support social progress and sustainabiltiy? stop hating on those that choose to

6:10 PM

 

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