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Large Hadron Collider Protons At 99% Speed Of Light - Two Beams Collide - Why Accelerate Both Beams?

Since the velocity of one beam relative to the other was not twice 99.9999991% the speed of light, as the laws of relative velocity are not applicable at that level, (or are they?) why accelerate two beams of protons instead of shooting a cluster of static protons with a single beam accelerated to 99.9999991% the speed of light? Could there be some reason that defies a simple explanation?

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