While the Million Americans March Against Fear is set to take place in the nation’s capital today, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, in an effort to show that American Muslims are allegedly being mistreated, a group of counter-protesters calling themselves “2 Million Bikers” will apparently be coming back with full force, despite not having a permit.
The group of protesters on motorcycles will ride into Washington D.C. today to “remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our armed forces who fought those who precipitated this attack,” while pushing back against Muslim marchers.
“We didn’t want a war,” she said. “… Muslims get enough attention. It’s time for America to get attention.”
The 2 Million Bikers apparently applied for a permit to ride nonstop through the capital as part of their protest, requesting that certain roads be shut down to accommodate. Their application was denied, and although the bikers will now have to stop at traffic lights, they say they will still go on with the ride.
The group said in a statement, “We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a nonstop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Vietnam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington D.C., and your city would have been back to normal.”
Still, the application was denied due to concerns over the disruption of traffic.
“We told them we can’t stop them from using roads like anybody else, but they’d have to follow traffic laws if they come,” said National Parks Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson. Johnson made it clear that political views played no part in the decision to deny the permit.
Officials say that if they follow traffic laws, they will be fine, but as soon as laws are broken, police will be called in.
The Million Americans March Against Fear, organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee, will simultaneously hold a rally to end intolerance towards Muslims.
Organizer Rabbi Alam says that their march is not to create controversy, but rather to raise awareness. “It is on this date to show solidarity for the people killed. We are Americans standing up for American values — people need to know that Muslims are being mistreated.”
Officials say that people should try to steer clear of the nation’s capital today, as both groups will be protesting and congestion will be heavy.