Arrests in Critical Mass bike ride near Olympic Park

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LONDON. July 28. KAZINFORM More than 100 cyclists were arrested by police close to the Olympic Stadium on the opening night of the Games.

There were scuffles between police and cyclists on the outskirts of the Olympic Park, at about 22:30 BST.

People taking part in a monthly mass bike ride held in London said they were "kettled" near the stadium, BBC informed.

The Metropolitan Police said they had made arrests for Public Order offences but have not responded to the kettling claim.

The force said two groups had been detained - the first on Bow Flyover and the other in Warton Road, Stratford.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "A number of people in breach of regulations imposed on a monthly cycling event have been arrested."

In a statement, the force said the conditions on the cycle ride had been put in place "to prevent serious disruption to the community and the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games".

'Heavy-handed stance'

Kerry-Anne Mendoza, 31, who describes herself as a campaigner and writer, said: "We were cycling down the Bow Road [in Stratford] and the police directed us down a cul-de-sac.

"Then they kettled us in there. There is a line of police cars and vans behind that."

She added: "They have not communicated with us or told us why we are being held here or when they will let us out."

The regular Critical Mass ride is a pro-cycling event.

Joel Benjamin, who has been on a number of Critical Mass bike rides previously, said there were 400-500 cyclists who met on the south side of Waterloo Bridge.

"Usually there is a light police presence," he said. "Today there were far more police than I've seen before."

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