A massive group of motorcycle riders organized a ride, "2 Million Bikers to D.C." on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that brought down the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.
The peaceful ride into Washington, D.C., which was organized mainly via social media, drew several thousand bikers -- not quite the hoped for 2 million, according to the Washington Times -- who set about to honor 9/11 victims, while also countering a rally held by the American Muslim Political Action Committee. The Committee's demonstration was intended to bring attention to "unfair fear of Muslims" following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The bikers, many of whom traveled for days to reach D.C., were spurred on by the fact that they were denied permits by both local and federal authorities for their own demonstration. "We're here for 9-11," says national ride coordinator Belinda Bee. "We are going to have a peaceful ride. ... But there are people who are sick and tired of their rights and liberties being taken away."
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