The National Park Service denied a permit to a biker group for a no-stop ride through Washington, D.C. on September 11. (Image source: Facebook)
The NPS did, however, grant a permit to a Muslim organization to hold a “million” man march on the National Mall.
An organization calling themselves “2 Million Bikers to DC” applied for the permit to ride their motorcycles through the nation’s capital to remember those who perished on September 11 and honor the armed forces.
The group said on Facebook they still plan to converge on D.C., despite lacking a permit.
“We don’t need no stinking permit!” the group declared on Facebook. “We have our constitutional rights and we shall ride!”
Belinda Bee, the event organizer, told TheBlaze she was initially told by Sheila Gotha, from the NPS permits division, the group’s permit was denied not for technical reasons, but because their event was slated for a week day “and D.C. residents aren’t going to like that.”
However, in a phone call with TheBlaze Monday, Gotha denied having made those comments or having any knowledge about why their permit was denied.
“I don’t know anything about this, so that’s a lie,” Gotha said. “I don’t have nothing to do with it… I don’t even know what you are talking about.”
An email forwarded to TheBlaze by Bee, however, appears to show that Gotha was one of the NPS officials who participated in a meeting regarding the biker organization’s request for a permit. In fact, the email says she was the “organizer” of the meeting to review the biker group’s request for a permit.