tonight about 100 riders met up in the north park blocks for the now-weekly critical mass / anti-war protest. FUCK cars and the oil war they cause, yo? the po-pos were there too of course, on bicycles, motocycles, horses (the only animal with two assholes is the police horse, heh), and in cruisers, marked and unmarked. oh, and they had the stormtrooper riot robots on an SUV ready-to-rumble and they brought along the ice-cream truck too. that's like their favorite thing now.
they followed the mass up burnside toward I-405, and kept everybody in one lane only. sometimes they (the cops) blocked the other lane. they also got up on the sidewalks with their motorcycles, totally endangering the lives of people up there (including msyself twice). stupid screws.
anyway, as the mass approached I-405, a bunch of cops fuckin' materialized out of nowhere and totally surrounded the mass to keep it from even THINKING about going on the freeway, which i don't think anyone was intending to do. riders then continued s-l-o-w-l-y up burnside to 23rd, and rode down lovejoy, cut over to everett to cross the freeway, and arrived at the steel bridge. here, the cops blocked everything except the bridge ramp and said you HAD to go that way, and that you couldn't even get off your bike and walk it away down second avenue. no shit. it was total bullshit. about half the folks who were left went over the bridge (i thought of that scene in one of the star wars movies where that alien commander goes "IT'S A TRAP!") and the other half dis-biked, and walked back the way they came. kinda depressing, this part.
i didn't go over the bridge but heard that people started getting ticketed for no lights and this over there.
oh and BTW, the rules of engagement they handed out this week said that bike lifts are now considered violent. BIKE LIFTS! stupid fuckers. i'm really sick of this police bullshit. let's get out there every fucking week. they don't have the money to do this all the time. eventually, we'll win and we'll be free.
viva la spoke revolution!