The few Muslim marchers of the proclaimed “Million Muslim March” who did march in Washington yesterday got a big surprise. On the anniversary of 9/11, hundreds of thousands of Harley motorcycle riders decided to “join them.”
Thousands of bikers descended on Washington, D.C., Wednesday to protest a Muslim march provocatively timed for the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
The "Million Muslim March" was a complete failure while the "2 Million Bikers" ride brought participation from as far away as Australia. One estimate put the number of bikers there at 880,000.
The Harley ride became so massive that many Washington streets had to be closed off so the motorcyclists could ride through the streets of Washington unabated. As Eric Zern, the organizer of the rally told WTOP-Radio, "There are so many motorcycles that are trying to go through Washington, D.C., tou'd think it would not have worked."
Mike Belair, state ride coordinator for Ohio said, "We're going to show support for the 9/11 victims and their families, for the police, fire, EMS, for tower workers, anyone who had family who had fallen — we're going to show support for them."
Ironically, the opposing Muslim March was intended to capture America’s attention to the U.S.’s “discrimination against Muslims,” but the timing of the event sparked the counter-demonstration, The Huffington Post reports.
Washington police estimated the Muslim march to be in the hundreds and nowhere near the thousands.
The bikers were denied a park police permit to ride, but they persevered anyway "to remember those who were killed on 9/11 and honor our Armed Forces who fought those who precipitated this attack," according to a local Fox News station.
The group’s Facebook page said they “Stand by the Constitution and Bill of Rights and against any fundamental transformation of America," according to NBC News.
It will be a long time until Washington sees a march like this one again.
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