The group Million American March Against Fear termed its event "a civil rights movement." (Source: MAMAF/Facebook)
The group 2 Million Bikers to DC continued its goal, despite not receiving a permit to block off streets in the nation's capital. (Source: 2 Million Bikers/Facebook)
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) – The group 2 Million Bikers to DC has met to rally in the nation's capital – in part to remember, in part to protest.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country are making the trek on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. According to the organizers' Facebook page, it has been done "to remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our Armed Forces who fought those who precipitated this attack."
Belinda Bee, national coordinator for 2 Million Bikers, said the gathering was also in response to the Million American March Against Fear (MAMAF), according to the Washington Times. That rally was planned for Wednesday as well, by the American Muslim Political Action Committee.
"Muslims get enough attention," Bee told Washington Times. "It's time for America to get attention."
A 2 Million Bikers opening rally statement by "Bishop" posted Wednesday to Facebook called the day a "patriotic event."
"This is a God event," it stated. "I believe America has been in a 12-year funeral. But I'm a Christian man and not a Muslim. I believe in the resurrection! God bless America!"
MAMAF had been called the Million Muslim March before it was changed due to negative publicity. According to the organizers' Facebook page, the rally was "a historic event for solidarity of humanity to establish peace, harmony and justice through a civil rights movement."
"If people want to rally to exercise their civil liberties and you don't like it or you act against it, then you're exposed," a Sept. 9 post from the group stated.
In Richmond, VA, 500 bikers headed north for the tribute, according to WWBT. I-95 had to be closed temporarily to allow them a timely travel through the area.
However, they and anyone else driving in Washington should expect gridlock. The National Park Service denied the 2 Million Bikers' application for a permit, so the bikers will not have any route blocked off for them.
A representative for the park service cited a lack of resources and possible disruption as the reasons for denying the permit, which was received in late August.
MAMAF received a permit for its event, according to the group's Facebook post.
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