LONDON, July 27 Police arrested a number of
cyclists near the Olympic Park in east London as the opening
ceremony was under way in the main stadium on Friday.
Officers surrounded a group of up to 100 cyclists on a road
to the east of the Park who had been taking part in a monthly
alternative "Critical Mass" ride around London.
As the ceremony drew to a close police were putting the
cyclists on buses and taking them away from the area.
There was little tension evident and officers were seen
chatting and joking with the detained cyclists.
"It was very good humoured, but the police were very
jittery," one female rider, who had avoided the police cordon,
told a Reuters reporter at the scene.
London's Metropolitan Police had told the riders to stay
well away from the Olympic events and conduct their ride in
"We are aware of a number of people in breach of conditions
imposed on the cycling event under section 12 of the Public
Order Act", the police spokesman said.
There was no immediate information on the number of arrests,
the spokesman added.
(Reporting by Michael Holden and Tim Castle, editing by Justin