Police order the organizer of the Aves Invasion off the road for 12 hours in Christchurch



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The organizer of the Aves Invasion event in Christchurch accused police of attacking him unfairly after he stopped driving for 12 hours.

Dozens of car enthusiasts arrived in the city from 9am Friday for the third Bird Invasion, which runs through Sunday. The event has already caused chaos in Christchurch.

Before they started, police urged the boys to show respect for the Muslim community and not cause any disruption outside Masjid Al Noor on Deans Ave, where 43 people were shot dead in the March 15 terrorist attack.

Speaking on Saturday, Canterbury subway commander Superintendent Lane Todd said: "We were very happy with the behavior last night and they respected the Deans Ave area, which was a good thing. .

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Event organizer Daniel Cossar, 26, said he had told people to be respectful around the mosque and that the event had gone well on Friday night. However, he accused the police of unfairly targeting him.

Cossar said he entered Princess St, Riccarton, just before 5 am on Saturday. He said a police car was blocking part of the road but said there were no lights on. Cossar said he turned the car, but was "boxed" by several other police cars.

Boys runners gather at Moorehouse Ave for the third Aves Invasion event on Friday night.

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Boys runners gather at Moorehouse Ave for the third Aves Invasion event on Friday night.

He claimed that a police officer then yelled at him to "get the f … out of the car". Cossar said that he agreed and asked if he was being arrested. "I did not give them sadness," he said. Cossar said the officers were rude and said they knew he was the organizer.

The police were approached to comment.

Cossar was issued with a road safety directive ordering him off the road for 12 hours, claiming he was unable to have proper control of a vehicle because he was tired. "I said I was not tired at all.I was perfectly awake and they just laughed at me …"

Cossar said he would return for the second night of the Aves Invasion, which starts at 9pm on Saturday. Police said they will continue to monitor the event. Todd said there were some noise complaints on Friday night, but it was "certainly far from what it was last time".

Car enthusiasts meet on Empire Rd, Kainga, before a cruise in northern Canterbury.

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Car enthusiasts meet on Empire Rd, Kainga, before a cruise in northern Canterbury.

The last Aves Invasion event in December 2018 saw pilots throw bottles into police cars and make emergency calls. Police issued about 200 notices of infringement and arrested one person.

Car enthusiasts gathered on Empire Rd in Kainga from 1:30 p.m. on Friday for the "Unforgotten Easter Cruise," an event that participants stressed was not connected to the Invasion of Birds.

When they arrived, the organizers handed out a pamphlet showing the route, a circuit of more than 100 kilometers passing through Loburn, Oxford and Sheffield. "Be safe, stick to speed limits and have a decent day," he said.

Police disturb the riders gathered at Deans Ave on Friday.

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Police disturb the riders gathered at Deans Ave on Friday.

Lewis Partington, 17, was in the meeting with his white Subaru Legacy. He identified as a car enthusiast, not a boy pilot. "It's just our hobby. It's exactly what we care about, just like people like to ride a horse, I guess.

"We're not out there to break the law and cause trouble."

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