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Critical Mass - Police win appeal!
21.05.07 by Buffalo Bill

Despite one of the judges saying that Critical Mass ‘is a perfectly lawful activity, and if, for any reason, it ceases to be so, the police have ample powers to intervene’, the Appeal Court today ruled that Critical Mass is subject to the Public Order Act, which governs processions.

This will mean that unless someone declares themselves the organiser of the event, and submits a route to the police in advance for their approval, the gathering will be illegal. The whole point of Critical Mass is that traditionally it is not organised, and simply a monthly coincidence.

This is a reversal of an earlier High Court decision, which was reported in Moving Target.

Well done, the boys in blue. Moving Target congratulates you on a major contribution to public safety.

The BBC’s report is here.

  1. Excellent. This’ll just make it even more fun! I’m seriously chuffed!


    — Vagrant    22 May 2007, 00:06    #
  2. wow. the police are definitely winning the race to become londons biggest fucktard wankhounds.


    — flappy feet    22 May 2007, 07:48    #
  3. You guys need to know what other cyclists think of CM….

    here


    — matt    22 May 2007, 10:32    #
  4. Do we? I just read that thread. The dissenters appear to think that most CMers are badly in need of a wash. It’s not illegal to skimp on personal hygiene, is it?


    — Bill    22 May 2007, 10:39    #
  5. If it isn’t it should be.CM can be a magnet for smelly,aimless trouble makers.Get a job!


    — overdrive    22 May 2007, 12:45    #
  6. get a job? how about – contribute to how the society we live is shaped / have a voice & free rights?


    — lucky_7    22 May 2007, 13:48    #
  7. I’d get a job if I were you.


    — overdrive    22 May 2007, 15:14    #
  8. OD, the voice of courier reason.


    — Bill    23 May 2007, 13:00    #
  9. Soon to be out of a job too. The irony!


    — Overlord    23 May 2007, 15:12    #
  10. i’ve got a job AND i smell. where does that leave me in the whole argument?


    — footlong    24 May 2007, 15:17    #
  11. Soap-dodging immigrant putting honest hard-working poles out of work. Why don’t you go back where you came from?


    — Bill    25 May 2007, 07:07    #
  12. why don’t i come back to where i went from?


    — footlong    25 May 2007, 09:13    #
  13. Ah, but when did you come from where you were before?


    — Bill    25 May 2007, 09:30    #
  14. What is this? A Gertrude Stein seminar?


    — _muppetbot    25 May 2007, 10:09    #
  15. Who’s Gertrude Stein? Does she smell?


    — Bill    25 May 2007, 12:10    #
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