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article imageMass arrests — 'Critical Mass' cycle ride during Olympics opening

By Anne Sewell     Jul 27, 2012 in World
London - London police have made arrests and used pepper spray against the “Critical Mass” cycle ride, as the British capital kicks off the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Games. (Updated).
Critical Mass ride regularly in London, and they decided to continue to do so, despite the opening of the London Olympics this evening.
The Metropolitan Police in London apparently told cyclists involved in the "Critical Mass" procession to keep moving and keep south of the Thames.
While there is little information available yet, the following tweets were seen on the London Metropolitan twitter page:
Metropolitan Police twitter feed  opening of the Olympics.
Metropolitan Police twitter feed, opening of the Olympics.
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Update: Latest media reports are stating that at least 50 people were detained and their bicycles were loaded on to special buses parked nearby.
The Critical Mass hold a cycling event monthly, typically on a Friday, all over the world.
Cyclists claim that they were "kettled" on the outskirts of the Olympic Park near the Stadium and witnesses have said that police pushed the cyclists aside to allow famous soccer player David Beckham through the traffic.
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