Clashes between Winnipeg police and anti-military protesters turned violent with at least seven protesters arrested. Protestors said police pulled them off bicycles. The confrontation happened around 5 PM when about 50 protesters under the watchful eye of survellance police bicycled through city streets to protest Operation Charging Bison, a military training excercise underway in Winnipeg.
The flare - ups came as the cyclists held up traffic while cycling from the Exchange District to the Pioneer Arena on Logan Avenue, to protest the war training excercise. The clashes happened at two different locations - three people were arrested at the intersection of Ellice and smith street, and four more outside the Pioneer Arena.
The cyclists identified themselves as members of a movement called Critical Mass, described on one website www.bike-dump.ca (this is the website the paper didn't print) as " leaderless group of cyclists, boarders and bladers, celebrating human -powered transport"
The cyclists say they weren't chanting or holding up signs, but had advertising on websites that the group bike ride was in Protest of Operation Charging Bison. The cyclists were outnumbered by the police.
One of the protestors said" She only became involved in the fight when police pulled one man off his bike and other cyclists attempted to go to his aid, from there it was a melee.