16 December 2009

Police Confiscate Activists Bikes


Photo: Finn Frandsen/Politiken
The police confiscated a number of so-called 'war bikes' last night, on the eve of one of the main demonstrations during the climate conference.

They raided The Candy Factory, where the bikes were being prepared for the demonstration and... well... took them away. I blogged about The Bike Bloc a couple of weeks ago and it's a shame that the bikes were taken.

The police say that they are illegal bikes and may be used illegally at the demonstration.

The police spokesman, when pressed, couldn't answer in any detail what he thought the bikes could or would be used for.

Via Politiken [in Danish] - and this article They're Taking Our Bikes!

5 comments:

Think Mps said...

What's an "illegal" bike?

Reminds me of our own problems with "illegal" people here in the states... you don't like someone/something, label it illegal. Great way of othering a person or thing, and most of the populace automatically is on your side, because the other is illegal

Jose said...

All reports coming from Copenhaguen are unfortunately focusing more on the brutality and complete randomless of behaviour from the Danish police rather than on any positive developments at the climate summit.

If not corrected quickly, Copenhaguen will lose all the good vibe that has slowly built abroad, which was well deserved until now.

Paul Souders said...

The police spokesman, when pressed, couldn't answer in any detail what he thought the bikes could or would be used for.

Only the usual outlaw stuff like moving freely about and expressing opinions.

Adrienne Johnson said...

The bikes just came over the border looking for a job. Why hassle them? It isn't like they were going to a demonstration that any self respecting "regular" bike would want to go to.

Bristol Traffic said...

Maybe they were "un-danish" bikes? With gears, disk brakes, mountain bike tyres?