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Cyclists arrested for breaking Olympic cordon

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July 28, 2012, 10:08 a.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

An officer loads arrested cyclist's bicycles after a Critical Mass bike protest outside the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
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LONDON — More than 100 people were arrested during a protest by cyclists during the Olympics opening ceremony, police said Saturday.

Scotland Yard said two groups of protesters were arrested near the Olympic Park on suspicion of breaching protest conditions and causing a public nuisance.

The cyclists were identified as members of an activist cycling club that meets monthly for mass bike rides.

A police order had prohibited the protesters from traveling into the Olympic Park area in east London during Friday night's opening ceremony, but members had tried to pedal their way through the security cordon.

Officers scuffled with several pro-cycling activists as dozens of cyclists were blocked by police vans from proceeding, Scotland Yard said. No serious injuries were reported.

Police said some of those arrested were in police stations while some have been bailed, but no details were given.

Separately, a small radical Islam group had planned a demonstration outside the Olympic Park to expose what it calls "the evil of the Olympics" Friday, but the protest was canceled for no stated reason last week.

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