Sunday, September 2, 2007

19 bicyclists arrested after rally turns into melee

Officers watching the event in downtown Minneapolis say they were attacked, escalating the confrontation.

Last update: September 01, 2007 – 12:51 AM

Police arrested 19 bicyclists, including three juveniles, after a protest ride took an ugly turn in downtown Minneapolis Friday night.

About 200 bicyclists were riding on La Salle Avenue, with two officers monitoring the protest that called for reduced reliance on automobile transportation. The ride was also linked with weekend protests of next year's Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.

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